Gustave A. Mayer House

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

2475 Richmond Road

CLIENT: David R. Ryers

ARCHITECT: Unknown

DATE: 1855-56

STYLE: Italianate

Italianate New Dorp Staten Island

The Gustave A. Mayer House, an Italianate villa, was among the first rural residences in that style built on Staten Island and is a rare survivor of its type and period within the city limits. In sympathy with the theories of the Picturesque espoused by Alexander Jackson Davis and his collaborator Andrew Jackson Downing, the house is placed to take best advantage of its sloping site.

The Mayer House was originally built for David R. Ryers between 1855 and 1856. This symmetrically arranged, two-and-a-half-story frame structure is characterized by a full-width porch, consistently fine detailing, and elegant belvedere. In the 1890s confectioner and inventor Gustave Mayer made the villa both his home and place of business, there manufacturing innovative items such as fancy sugar wafers, decorative metal objects, and other products.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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