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Title [Anson Phelps Stokes house "Bay Villa"]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date May 1880
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on off-white cardboard mount. View of the Anson Phelps Stokes house "Bay Villa" in New Brighton, Staten Island. Only the mansard roof of the house is visible through the shrubbery. In the foreground is an entryway through the shrubbery, with an arched sign above the opening: "WELCOME". Printed inscription on mount below the photo: "ALMSTAEDT, PHOTO. TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I." Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "ALMSTAEDT / PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE / PHOTOGRAPHER / TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I. / PUBLISHER OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF / Staten Island Scenery."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 6.125 x 4
Ownership and History In May 1880, Mr. and Mrs. Anson Phelps Stokes celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary by hosting an elaborate garden party at their home, known as "Bay Villa," in New Brighton, Staten Island. The affair, with more than 750 invited guests, featured a variety of sports, a full orchestra, a dance floor, and a 16-course dinner that the New York Times described as a "marvel of culinary art." The evening ended with a display of fireworks on the lawn in front of the house. A New York Times article dated May 26, 1880, described the view seen here: "...a magnificent floral arch bearing the word 'Welcome' in red, on a white border, surmounted the main entrance."

Mr. and Mrs. Anson Phelps Stokes and their children lived part of the year in this house from 1868 to 1886.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1880
Subjects Houses
Gardens
Parties
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Stokes, Anson Phelps
Catalog Number PH01.0447
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2014.
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.