The most imposing surviving Seventeenth Century manor house on Staten Island is a magnificent two and one-half story fieldstone residence, constructed between the years 1680 and 1688, now called the Conference House. The house is rectangular in plan with a centrally designed hall and has an attic of immense dimensions. The stone masonry, impressively bold in appearance, is characteristic of the medieval influence in some of our early Colonial architecture.
This house is celebrated as the scene of the abortive peace conference held there on September 11, 1776 between Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge, representing the American Side, and for the British, Lord Richard Howe, Admiral of the British Fleet, assisted by Henry Strachey, Howe’s secretary.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
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Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
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