Hamilton Park, a section of New Brighton, Staten Island, is one of the city’s most unsung areas featuring breathtaking architecture. With the leaves falling, I’ll soon visit again to take photos of area treasures.
One of three officially landmarked buildings in Hamilton Park (along with Christ Church and the Pritchard House, 66 Harvard Avenue) this triple arched, porticoed Greek Revival house was among the first developed in the neighborhood. It was built by Charles K. Hamilton from 1853-55 with the assistance of German architect Carl Pfeiffer (some accounts have its completion date as 1872). The dominant feature of the Cottage is the way in which the central triple-arched porch, in front of the main entrance, links the bay windows of the parlor and dining room together. Another interesting feature is the way in which the small third story windows are set in the fascia board below the roof cornice. A porch at the rear of the second story provides a view of the Kill Van Kull.