Historic House Trust of New York City a not-for-profi t organization was created in 1989 to preserve and promote the historic houses located in New York City parks. Working in partnership with the City of New York Parks & Recreation, the goal of the Trust is to provide new levels of attention, support and specialized care to benefi t these museums.

By 1786, James Seguine had purchased a large parcel of land overlooking Prince’s Bay. His grandson, Joseph Seguine, built the current Greek Revival-style house in 1838. In addition to operating the family’s thriving oyster harvesting business, Joseph helped establish the Staten Island Railroad Company, founded the Staten Island Oil and Candlemaking Company on his own property, and owned extensive farmland in the surrounding neighborhood.

The Seguines’ home reflects their prosperity. On the grand facade facing the water, six monumental square columns support a second floor gallery and classical pediment with a sweeping fanlight. Inside the house, Greek Revival mantels and plasterwork grace the spacious rooms, all of which feature tall windows and doors to circulate cool ocean breezes throughout the house. A wide, sloping lawn opens a broad vista to the bay.

Financial reversals forced the family to sell the property just after the Civil War, but descendants repurchased the house and the 10 surviving acres in 1916. After a long search for an appropriate buyer, Elizabeth Seguine Aug sold the house in 1981 to George Burke, who arranged for its transfer to the City of New York in 1989.

Today, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation operates the Mansion as a historic house museum. The Mansion and its elegant gardens are open to the public for scheduled tours led by the Urban Park Rangers during the spring, summer, and fall.

Seguine Mansion is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust.


Seguine Mansion
Lemon Creek Park
440 Seguine Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10309

Subway: #1 subway to South Ferry, R/W subway to Whitehall, or #4/5 subway to Bowling Green for the Staten Island Ferry

Bus: S78 from Staten Island Ferry terminal to Seguine Avenue 

Tours are available by appointment, for information on visiting Seguine Mansion, please email: lindaBSL10@aol.com

This Museum is not available to rent

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