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Title [Entrance to Birmingham Estate]
Object Name Stereoview
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1880-1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W stereoview (now sepia tone) on cardboard mount; the mount is orange on the front and pink on the reverse. View from the street of a gate in a stone wall; the gate is partly open, revealing a drive leading between trees. At right, there is a lamppost on the near side of the wall. The edge of a building is visible at extreme right, on the far side of the wall. Handwritten inscriptions on reverse of mount (in two different handwritings): "Staten Island View / Showing entrance to Estate." and "Then Birmingham's; now (1943) Shore Acres".
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 3.75 x 6.5
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History This photo shows the entrance to the estate of Mark Birmingham (ca. 1827-1914) in the area of Staten Island now known as Shore Acres.

Mark Birmingham (also spelled Brumagim) was born in Montgomery County, New York. In 1849, he sailed on the bark Linda to California, where he opened a bank, owned gold and silver mines, and became the president of the Pacific Pearl Company. He and his wife Charlotte E. (Rice) Birmingham had three children who survived to adulthood: David Walton, Lily White, and Linda Charlotte. By 1867, they had a home on Staten Island, and they owned the estate seen in this photograph by 1874. An article in The Sun, dated February 7, 1885, described their estate as "one of the finest on the island." By 1887, Birmingham had sold the estate.

The entrance to the Birmingham Estate was on New York Avenue (now Bay Street) at or near what is now Sea Gate Road. The estate lay between what is now Harborview Road and Arthur Von Briesen Park, and extended to the waterfront of New York Harbor. The grounds included carriage drives, greenhouses, a house facing the waterfront, and Clifton Lake. The estate was later purchased by real estate developer Cornelius G. Kolff, who built the Shore Acres community on the site.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Gates
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Brumagim, Mark
Catalog Number PH01.0977
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, November 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.