In Staten Island's very own Historic Richmond Town, lies the Seaman Cottage. It was built by Henry I. Seaman from 1836 to 1837. It originally resided on the south side of Center Street between St. Patrick's Place and Moore Street, at 218 Center Street. Now it has been relocated to the north side of Center Street between Court and St. Patrick's Place, at 441 Clarke Avenue.
Seaman first purchased the land in 1836 after marrying his second cousin, Katherine Seaman, heir to the Seaman-Kortwright family real estate fortune. As a result of this, he has the ability to pursue a number of business ventures, including the development of the Seaman Cottage.
This home is a Cottage from the Greek Revival Era from the late 18th to early 19th century. A cottage is meant to be a small, modest home with a welcoming atmosphere which is often very cozy. The home itself is a one and a half story building with a gable roof structure which now lays upon a new foundation with a Masonry basement. The basement also has access to the wooden porch at the exterior.
In 2004, a developer purchased this cottage, with plans to demolish the home and build a development of larger homes. Many people at Historic Richmond Town pulled together to save the house, which was in great condition compared to those built around the same time. Instead, the house was moved to its new address 441 Clarke Avenue in 2005, and was also designated an official New York City Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in that same year. The home now sits among many other historic homes and continues to be a reminder of the importance of preservation. Stay tuned to our website tomcrimminsrealty.com to see the multitude of other historical landmark homes located throughout Staten Island.