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Title [Relocation of the Van Clief house]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Griscom, George H.
Date ca. 1910
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. View of a small two-story Greek Revival style house being moved; the house has 4 columns on the front porch. The house is seen from the front; it is raised up on jacks and heavy wooden planks. The street in front of the house is unpaved, and it contains heavy planks raised up on wooden ties (resembling railroad tracks). A man holds two horses that appear to be hitched to the house; several other men stand at right, near a small one-story building. A small building is at far left, with a sidewalk and wooden fence in front; a sign stands next to the building: "CONVENIENT / MEAT MARKET". Stamped mark on reverse of mount: "GEO. H. GRISCOM, / PHOTOGRAPHER, / MARINERS HARBOR, S.I."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 6 x 8.125
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History House movers in the 1800s used horses, ropes, rollers, capstans, and block and tackle to move structures. The George Heineman House Moving Company of Stapleton, Staten Island, advertised their services as early as 1868, and remained in business through 1929. They are seen here relocating the Van Clief house on Simonson Avenue in Mariners Harbor.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Household moving
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Heineman, George
Catalog Number PH01.0109
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2012.
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