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Alice Austen House

About The Landmark

The Alice Austen House, also known as “Clear Comfort,” was the home of Alice Austen, a photographer, notable for her depictions of life on Staten Island. Originally built as a one room Dutch Colonial house in the 1690s, it was remodeled and expanded several times in the 1800s, most notably after John Haggerty Austen, Alice’s grandfather, purchased and remodeled it in 1844. Alice spent most of her lifetime at Clear Comfort and today it is now operated as a museum that features some of her photographs.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, designated a New York City Landmark in 1971 and in 1993, it became a National Historic Landmark.

Plan your visit: Alice Austen House is at 2 Hylan Boulevard (at Edgewater Street) in the Rosebank section of Staten Island.

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