Alice Austen

Home for Women

April 30th, 1905

Tompkins Avenue, Stapleton, Staten Island, New York.

The Mariners' Family Asylum of the Port of New York is a tall Italianate brick structure designed by Brooklyn architect J. Graham Clober. It was erected in 1852 on farmlands behind the Seaman's Retreat as a home for the "wives, daughters, sisters and widows of seamen." Alice Austen herself spent several months living in the Asylum from 1949 to April of 1950, decades after taking this photograph.

Collection of Staten Island Historic Society