Cool Spaces: from Gothic revival to townhouses – the architectural styles of New Brighton

This 1855 Gothic Revival at 22 Pendleton Place is a glorious example of this architectural style. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Looking around Staten Island at some of the interesting architectural styles, we offer a glimpse of the varied vintage homes that mix with more modern structures in certain areas of the island.

We start in the North Shore community of New Brighton. John Kilcullen, chairman of the board of the Staten Island Preservation League, helped define some of the styles for us. Here stands some of the island’s most attractive and eclectic architecture.

The village of New Brighton was incorporated in 1866. The current neighborhood aptly includes Hamilton Park, a section of Victorian homes built before the American Civil War.

The different styles of houses found in New Brighton include cottages along Harvard Avenue and Greek Revivals around the block of Franklin Avenue. Other architectural styles that can be found in New Brighton are:

  • Second Empire
  • Neo-gothic
  • Cottages, pre-Civil War
  • Bungalows
  • Business Italiano
  • Townhouses

Enjoy the visit.

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One Pendleton Place is a “Queen Anne Victorian style house with detailed rustic and Swiss elements, i.e. brackets and fretwork”. said John Kilcullen. Also known as William S. Pendleton House, it was built in 1860. It was designated a New York City landmark in 2006 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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203 Fillmore St., 1940, the Italianate commercial building, is shown in an image from the NYC Digital Archive Collection.

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203 Fillmore St. is an old Italian-style commercial building with ornate capitals and cornices. “This storefront on the ground floor with walk-up apartments above shows ‘ghost marks’ where a commercial entrance might have been,” says John Kilcullen, chairman of the board of the Preservation League of Staten Island. . (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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A stucco colonial building is featured on Pendleton Place.

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119 Havard Avenue is an excellent example of a Victorian-style cottage-style home with English-style arts and crafts influence in the brackets and woodwork. This pre-Civil War cottage was built in 1859. Photo taken January 21, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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One of the houses in Hamilton Park is this three-arched, porticoed Greek Revival, among the first developed in the neighborhood. It was built by Charles K. Hamilton from 1853 to 1855, with help from German architect Carl Pfeiffer, according to ForgottenNY.com. Photo taken January 21, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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This “second empire” style brick mansard-roofed house still stands on Prospect Avenue. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)Staten Island Advance

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The original style of the brick house at 95 Highview Avenue is Second Empire with a mansard roof. Some of the additions remain in this style. January 21, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)Staten Island Advance

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Local builder H. Tracey Arnold built the Second Empire home circa 1872 at 280 Lafayette Ave., the home of Hal and Laura Kennedy. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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This Second Empire style house has a mansard roof and seven dormer windows. The Hamilton Park House is in New Brighton, was built in 1864 on Harvard Avenue and is currently a residence and home to Hamilton Park House concerts. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel) Staten Island Advance

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Two-storey brick townhouses were built in 1943 in a row along Prospect Avenue from Clyde Place to Pendleton Avenue, New Brighton. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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This colorful New Brighton home is more bungalow style than arts and crafts. “This house is believed to be influenced by and/or a Sears Roebuck house. Using color to create a standout look is an easy way to generate interest, as this house in New Brighton does,” says John Kilcullen . (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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This postcard shows a former mixed industrial and residential port area along the Kill Van Kull. The brick commercial buildings of Richmond Terrace with apartments above are located somewhere near Jersey Street. He was posted from Port Richmond on July 18, 1908.

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In 1963, these multi-dwelling Richmond Terrace Houses skyscrapers were built along Jersey Street. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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Two similar Colonial houses with porches were built around 1920 at 71 and 75 Pendleton Ave., New Brighton. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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