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Title Chapel - Dr Rockwell's Church
Object Name Stereoview
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1878
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W print on cardboard mount; the mount is orange on the front and pink on the reverse. Diagonal view of the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton, Staten Island. The church has a steeply pitched, peaked roof. There are three tall, narrow, pointed-arch windows in the gable end at right. The front of the church has a porch, and another gable which has a circular window with a six-pointed star inside it. The church is surrounded by a fence, with a woman or girl standing on sidewalk in front. In foreground is an intersection of two streets. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo, possibly the photographer's handwriting: "Chapel - Dr Rockwell's Church." Handwritten inscription in ink on reverse of mount: "Chapel Dr. Rockwells Church." Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "Staten Island Gems, / No. / I. ALMSTAEDT, PHOTOGRAPHER, / TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I. / Duplicates can always be had."
(Keywords: Stapleton, Edgewater)
Print size 4 x 6.75
Ownership and History Reverend J. E. Rockwell was called as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in 1868, and remained with the congregation until his death in 1882. The structure pictured in Almstaedt's view was built in 1876 to replace a building that had burned two years earlier. The building is adorned with a six-pointed star (or Star of David), a symbol of ancient origin that is used in many religions with a variety of meanings.
Earliest Date 1875
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Stereographs
Presbyterian churches
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number PH01.1008
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, June 2017.
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.