United States of America, New York, Richmond County, New York, Staten Island
Alice Austen House (Staten Island, New York)
Also known as "Clear Comfort," this property was the home of photographer Alice Austen, who was also the founder (in 1912) of the Staten Island Garden Club. Originally a 17th-century Dutch farmhouse, it was transformed into a Victorian cottage in the 19th century by Austen's grandfather. Documented in Austen's photographs, now in the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society, the house and its four acres of grounds were restored in the 1980s. Austen's photographs were used as a guide for both preservation of mature specimens and restoration to the site's 19th century appearance. Mature trees dating back to Austen's residency include gingko, horse chestnut, Kentucky coffee tree, hackberry, and sycamore maple.
Persons associated with the garden include: Alice Austen (former owner, until 1944); John Austen (former owner, 19th century); and Bradford M. Greene (landscape architect, 1980s).
The folder includes worksheets, copies of articles, and other information about the property and Alice Austen.
Garden has been featured in Oliver Jensen, "The High Summer of Alice Austen," House & Garden, August 1987, pp. 95-99+
Garden has been featured in Linda Yang, "Photos Help Redo Victorian Garden," New York Times, October 3, 1985