For most of her life, Alice Austen (1866-1952), a groundbreaking lesbian photographer, lived in the house now preserved on the grounds of this small Staten Island park. The old mansion, parts of which date back to the late 17th century, preserves a sense of old New York. The photographs displayed inside the house document a vast range of experiences in Victorian New York. Alice produced over 7,000 photographs of a rapidly changing New York City, making significant contributions to photographic history, documenting New York’s immigrant populations, Victorian women’s social activities, and the natural and architectural world of her travels.
Austen would spend 53 years in a devoted loving relationship with Gertrude Tate. They spent 30 years living together in this home, which is now the site of the Alice Austen House Museum and a nationally-designated site of LGBTQ history.
The picturesque grounds look over Buono Beach, a peaceful strip of land bordering the New York Bay. Together, the mansion and waterfront make a lovely detour from the busy 21st century.
Discover the history of Alice Austen Park
After closing due the the coronavirus pandemic, the Alice Austen House will re-open on September 8 and will...