Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Boulevard 
Staten Island, NY 10305 
(718) 816 4506

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Clear Comfort, originally a one-room farmhouse built around 1700, was transformed in the mid-1800's into a beautiful Carpenter Gothic cottage by businessman John Austen -- Alice Austen's grandfather. 

Though originally intended as a summer home, family tragedy prompted John to take up permanent residence there. Some ten years later, after being abandoned by her father, Alice Austen and her mother, Alice Cornell Austen, moved to Clear Comfort. 

Alice was an accomplished and prolific amateur photographer. At 10 years old, using a dry-plate camera brought from abroad by her uncle, Alice taught herself to operate the instrument, develop the heavy glass plates and make prints. 

Throughout her life's travels, she created some 8,000 images in a straightforward style that anticipated documentary photography. More than 3,000 of these images survive today, and selections are displayed in the house, now a National Historic Landmark.. 

Decorated much as it was in the late 1800's, including Alice's darkroom, the House offers educational Guided Tours for families and groups alike. 

Hours: Open Tuesday thru Sunday 11am - 5pm, grounds until dusk. House is closed January, February and on major holidays. 
Suggested donation of $3.00 per person.
Same. Group Guided Tours $5.00 per person.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance. 
Lunch: Nearby fast food and restaurants. 
Handicapped Access: Limited. 
Directions: From Manhattan: Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to BQE West to Verrazano Bridge (right lane on bridge). Take Bay St. exit (1st after toll). Continue to end of street (School Rd.) then turn left onto Bay. To Hylan Blvd., turn right. One block to house. 

From New Jersey: From Outerbridge, Goethals or Bayonne Bridge, take Rt. 278 East. Exit at Clove Rd./Richmond Hill/Hylan Blvd. Continue on service road (Narrows Rd. South). Just before 5th light turn left onto Hylan Blvd. and continue to house.

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