Home > Celebrate 50 at 50 > Olmsted-Beil House

Olmsted-Beil House

Staten Island

Why is this building significant?

This two-story, wood-and-stone farmhouse, set on a 1.7-acre site, is the last vestige of a 130-acre farm dating from the 17th century. It was here where one of the country’s great landscaping master Frederick Law Olmsted came up with many of the design ideas he later used in his conceptions of Central Park and other innovative landscape projects. Naturalist and educator Carlton Beil and his wife, Louise, bought the house in 1955. They were its last private owners.


What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?

We funded a conditions survey of the house shortly after New York City brought it and the surrounding property in 2006 and declared it a public park. When we learned in 2019 that the house and grounds were being neglected, we helped galvanize national public interest in restoring the property. Through fundraising and a grant, we spent $150,000 to help stabilize the house. A recent $50,000 grant will protect the windows and help restore electricity. We continue to fundraise. We also succeeded in getting the house listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places and established a partnership with the New York City Parks Department, the Historic House Trust, and a local friends group with the goal of opening the house and grounds to the public.





Explore More Landmarks

Alice Austen House

Alice Austen House

Why is this building significant? The Alice Austen House, also known as “Clear Comfort,” was the home of Alice Austen,...

Eldridge Street Synagogue

Eldridge Street Synagogue

Why is this building significant? The first major synagogue built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side by Eastern European Jews, this...

Support Us


Your donation helps us expand our reach and be your voice for preservation.

Make A Donation

Become A Member

Join the Conservancy and be part of our mission to save New York’s extraordinary architectural heritage.

Join Us

Join Our Mailing List

Sign up to receive our free E-Newsletter, informative alerts, our monthly Mystery Landmark contest, and our monthly Tourist in Your Own Town video series.

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: New York Landmarks Conservancy. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact