Monday, November 24, 2008

Staten Island Landmark - W. S. Pendleton House

Photo from wallyg's Flickr photostream.

When I first saw this house on Flickr it reminded me of a Hansel and Gretel-esque type gingerbread house. Although I wouldn't recommend eating this house, despite how delicious it looks, since it is in fact a Staten Island Landmark built in 1855 by William S. Pendleton, a prominent business man who established the first commercially successful lithograph firm in the U.S. W.S. Pendleton wore many hats, serving as president of the North Shore Ferry Company and in addition to 22 Pendleton Place, built six other homes on the North Shore.

I think this house has a lot of personality and individuality, so anyone interested in the Gothic Revival movement and Victorian architectural styles would really appreciate, what I consider a work of art.

Situated on irregularly shaped high grounds overlooking Kill Van Kull, a prominent tower dominates the two-and-half story residence, a survivor of Victorian Romanticism. A gabled vestibule doorway, adorned with scalloped scroll work bargeboards, projects forward from the south elevation. Diamond shaped glass is used in all the various shaped windows. On the side of the house are two one-story extensions and a greenhouse of a later period. The steeply pitched gable roofs are covered with diamond shaped shingles as is the pyramidal shaped roof surmounting the tower. — by wallyg in NYC-Staten Island-New Brighton: W. S. Pendleton House Flickr post

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Anonymous April 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

I grew up on this block in the 1960s and remember this house well. It had a sister house across the street which we thought was haunted.