Staten Island is more than meets the eye. Our borough is often regarded as "forgotten" but a closer look will reveal just how cool and unqiue it really is. A famous example was featured this week in the Staten Island Advance's "Cool Spaces" section- The 1888 Bechtel House.
This large golden Victorian beauty on St. Pauls Avenue in Stapleton was built in 1888 for the daughter of George Bechtel, owner of the Bechtel Brewery. It is currently owned by the Brown family. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)
This victorian beauty on Saint Paul's Avenue in Stapleton was orginally bult in 1888 as a weddiong gift for the daughter of George Bechtel, a wealthy beer brewer. The home is now occupied by the family of Doctor Ted brown, only the fifth family to reside there.
Images of the HBO TV show Boardwalk Empire filmed in this house on St Pauls Ave. It depicts 'Chalky White's home in the TV show Boardwalk Empire. (Courtesy HBO)
One might recognize this stately manor as the home of "Chalky White" from the Emmy Award winning HBO original drama series "Boardwalk Empire." The real life occupants have resotred the home to it's originally glory since they first bought it in 2001.
The stained glass pocket doors of the guest room on the second floor include original hardware. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)
Stunning features include colorful German stained glass windows on the first landing, eight bedrooms- two with stained glass pocket doors, and 4.5 bathrooms. That's a whole lot of house!
The stairway platform with a wooden window bench on the front stairway is a stunning piece of craftsmanship. German stained glass windows circa 1887 shine though this home. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)(Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)
A home like this is just the tip of the iceberg for what Staten Island has to offer in rich history and charm.
For more information on this gem check out the link below!Images of the HBO TV show Boardwalk Empire filmed in this house on St Pauls Ave. It depicts 'Chalky White's home in the TV show Boardwalk Empire. (Courtesy HBO)