|Olmsted at age 28.|
The Preservation League of Staten Island (PLSI) works for the conservation and continued vitality of Staten Island's historic resources. The League was founded in 1977 by a group of community-minded citizens concerned about Staten Island's vanishing historic environment. We sponsor programs about the recognition, care and restoration of historic properties. We have given neighborhood and historic house tours and we confer annual awards for outstanding preservation work. Landmark designation for significant sites is a priority.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Please join the Preservation League of Staten Island for a walking tour of historic Clifton, Staten Island. Clifton, along with nearby New Brighton, was one of the City's first romantic suburbs. Planned and designed in 1836, to offer New Yorkers an escape from the crowded conditions of New York City. Houses and grounds were laid out on over-sized lots to take advantage of Staten Island's then picturesque rural landscape and panoramic views.
Located near Cornelius Vanderbilt's successful ferry landing, which provided quick transportation to Manhattan and Brooklyn, Clifton become a desirable location for wealthy merchants looking to live and raise a family, while still having convenient access to their businesses and the growing commerce on NY Harbor.
A walk through Clifton highlights its architecturally diverse buildings with many styles represented. Many of the leading and influential architect's of the day, including Carrere and Hasting, Delano and Aldrich plus Staten Island's 'own' Edward A. Sargent have their architectural designs on display throughout the neighborhood.
The nearby Bayley Seton hospital campus, with its historic and land mark buildings, including the prominent Seaman's Retreat, will also be featured on the tour.
The walking tour will meet and leave from the Staten Island Railroad Clifton station (@ Norwood Avenue and Bay Street) and starting at 2 pm. For more information contact email@example.com or 917-886-4389.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Appreciation and Encouragement
For the sensitive front porch restoration of this 19th century hillside Victorian.
31 Louis Street - Ms. Evelyn Kudelski
For the ongoing exterior restoration of this 19th century hillside Second Empire house.
Photos of the Awardees will be uploaded within the next few days. Check back often!
Friday, April 19, 2013
More information about this structure can be found at the Preservation League of Staten Island's Landmarks Google map here:
PLSI's Landmarks Google Map
Click on the Blue Marker for the specific landmark and you will be given an option to open the Neighborhood Preservation Center's file on the history of the house.
All Photos Courtesy of Nicholas Matranga, All Rights reserved.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Annual Meeting of the Preservation League of Staten Island will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2013 starting at 1:00 P.M., at the Reformed Church on Staten Island, 54 Port Richmond Avenue.
The meeting will include reports from the Treasurer, the President and the Executive Director. The election of new board members for the class of 2016 will also be held. A proposed amendment to PLSI's bylaws will be presented.
Following a luncheon prepared by board member Halina McCormack, we will present the Annual Awards Ceremony honoring exemplary work in historic preservation on Staten Island.
Admission per person is $20.00 A discount of 50% is offered for every third admission ticket purchased.
Reservations are suggested. Pay by PayPal below or call 718-442-7393.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Need is Great on Staten Island- There are Many Faces of the Victims of Hurricane Sandy Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Text by Barnett Shepherd, Executive Director of PLSI
|Olmsted House. All photos courtesy Nick Matranga (c)|
The stone portion of this structure was built in the early 18th century by Jacques Poillon, the County Road Commissioner. The relieving arches visible on the facade suggest that it may originally have been a barn. The frame second floor, attic and kitchen wing were added ca. 1840. In 1847 the farm was purchased by Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), America’s first landscape architect. He lived here until 1853. He grew fruit trees while experimenting with farm techniques and landscape design. The Cedars of Lebanon, ginkgo and walnut trees seen today in the front yard were planted by Olmsted. The house is a Designated NYC Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Piollon/Akerely/Olmsted/Beil House. photo NYPL.|
Thursday, September 13, 2012
|Dripps, Matthew, Composite: Staten Island 1872 (Map Not in MCNY Exhibit!)|
|Richmond Avenue and Richmond Hill Road, O. N. Melvin Farm|
|Manor Road and Brielle Avenue, before it was the Farm Collony|
|Near the end of North Washington Avenue, Old Place (near the Clove))|
|At Arthur Kill Road, near Richmond Avenue|
|Wainwright Avenue, Willow Brook|
|Willow Brook Road and Arthur Kill Road|
|Corn Field near Bloomingdale Road|
|Farm in Dongan Hills|
|Farm near Merrill Avenue|
|Collecting Pansy Plants, Willowbrook Farm|
|Poppy Joe Island|
Dudley Homestead, New Dorp
|Todt Hill Road|
|Salt Hay Farm near Woodrow Road|
|Panorama of Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y. [view from high ground with St. Andrew's Church]