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Title [Moving a house, Stapleton]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1890s-1900s
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. View of a man seated beside a horse-powered capstan on a residential street, with a house partially visible at left behind a tree and fence. Another horse stands under the tree at left, with a group of men on the sidewalk. The man seated beside the capstan holds one end of a rope which is wound around the barrel of the capstan; the rope passes through a pulley, and through a gap in the fence; it leads toward the house. Several men stand on the far side of the fence. Handwritten inscriptions on reverse: "moving job / Stapleton" and "Heineman."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 7 x 9
Ownership and History House movers in the 1800s used horses, ropes, rollers, capstans, and block and tackle to move structures.

Two men with the surname Heineman were in the house moving business in Stapleton, Staten Island. The George Heineman House Moving Company advertised their services as early as 1868, and remained in business through 1929. Benjamin Heineman was listed as a house mover in Staten Island directories in the 1880s and 1890s, and was still in business in the early 1900s.

A 1902 article in the Richmond County Advance described how Benjamin Heineman moved a 2 1/2-story house in Port Richmond, Staten Island: "...Two horses, two small boys, some big ropes and heavy timbers, with half-barrel of grease were sufficient to accomplish all the work. A large number of men and boys kindly assisted the house-mover in his superintendence..."
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Houses
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Heineman, George
Heineman, Benjamin
Catalog Number PH01.1261
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2016.
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.