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Title [Treasure House from rear]
Object Name Negative, Film
Photographer McMillen, Loring
Date 1933
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W film negative and corresponding original B&W print. Exterior rear and side view of the Treasure House at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island. The structure has two sections with clapboard siding, steeply-pitched roofs, and a high stone foundation that appears to be whitewashed. A large, bare tree is in the foreground of the photo. A chair and a clothesline with hanging laundry are also visible.
(Keywords: HRT, New York)
Print size 5.625 x 7.5
Film Size 2.375 x 3.375
Ownership and History The Treasure House takes its name from a local legend that a cache of gold coins was discovered in the house during the nineteenth century.

Samuel Grasset, a tanner and leather worker, built the original section of the house around 1700 and lived there with his wife Martha. Other families and businesses occupied the structure throughout subsequent centuries. In the 1920s it was leased by nearby residents Bertha and Willett Conner for business use.

The photographer, Loring McMillen (1906-1991), became Staten Island's Borough Historian in 1934 and went on to a long and influential career in the fields of public history and building preservation. McMillen served as one of 11 original members of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and a leader in the establishment of Richmondtown Restoration (now Historic Richmond Town).
Earliest Date 1933
Latest Date 1933
Subjects Houses
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Conner, Bertha (Manee)
Catalog Number PH01.0434
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2014.
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