Alice Austen House

Designated a National Historic Landmark of New York City on 4/19/1993.

Landmark Description

Clear Comfort (a.k.a. the Alice Austen House) was built in 1690 as a one-room Dutch farmhouse. In 1844 it was purchased by John Haggerty Austen, Alice Austen's grandfather. Alice Austen herself moved there as a young girl in the late 1860s with her mother, Alice Cornell Austen, after the two were abandoned by Alice's father. In 1917, Gerturde Tate moved in, and the two lived together until financial problems forced them to move in 1945. When they left, the house fell into disrepair until a group of concerned citizens saved it from demolition in the 1960s. The house successfully gained status as a historic landmark, and was restored in the mid 1980s.

Category: Building-Residence

Location

Street: 2 Hylan Boulevard at Edgewater Street

Borough
: Staten Island

County
: Richmond (Staten Island)

 

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