The H.H. Biddle House, a NYC landmark, was constructed in 1845 on land that was part of the original royal land grant to Captain Christopher Billop in the late 1670s.
Mr. Biddle, a ‘gentleman businessman’ operated a ferry service between Tottenville, SI and Perth Amboy NJ primarily as a mode of transport to service his ‘Biddle’s Grove’, a temperance era summer resort on the then very rural Island.
The building is a surviving example of Greek revival architectural style, noted for its twin double height porticos, both in the front and rear reflecting its hillside waterfront location. Along with its French-derived spring or bell-cast eaves, widely used on Staten Island from the late 17th century on, is rare in both NYC and New York State.
The building showcases ongoing NYC Parks exhibitions, cultural programs and events for the public.
For more information on the historic H.H. Biddle please visit:
LPC Designation Report: http://neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org/designation_reports/index.php?action=list
Tottenville Historical Society: http://tottenvillehistory.com