Austen, Elizabeth Alice, House

Also known as: Alice Austen House, Clear Comfort
2 Hylan Blvd., New York, New York


Elizabeth Alice Austen House

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress


Street View 


Although portions of this Staten Island structure reputedly date from around 1700, it did not assume its present appearance until after its purchase by John H. Austen in 1844. The house commands an excellent view of the Verrazano Narrows and New York Harbor. Austen's granddaughter, Elizabeth Alice Austen, an accomplished amateur photographer, lived here from 1867-1945. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS NY-5472)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 28, 1970
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Architectural style
Other architectural type; Gothic cottage
Areas of significance
Architecture; Art; Social History
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Single dwelling; Museum
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1700-1749; 1800-1824; 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1650-1699
Significant year

Update Log 

  • February 13, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett