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|Location||1476 Richmond Rd., New York, New York|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Domestic Vernacular|
|NRHP Reference #||76001269|
|Added to NRHP||January 01, 1976|
The Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House, located at 1476 Richmond Road, Staten Island, New York, is a Dutch Colonial structure and is the oldest standing building on Staten Island.
Originally built by Pierre Billiou, a Huguenot, who arrived at New Amsterdam fleeing religious persecution in Europe in 1661 and founder of Oude Dorpe (Old Town) in the same year, subsequently received a land grant on Staten Island, erecting the original stone section about 1665. His daughter Martha (1652-1736) inherited the property and resided there with her husband, Thomas Stillwell (1651-1705), and later with her second husband, Rev. David de Bonrepos (1654-1734). She married Rev. de Bonrepos in 1711.
In 1679, Thomas Stillwell, a well-to-do landowner, enlarged the house. His and Martha's descendants, the Brittons, owned it until the mid-18th century.
It was then acquired by Edward Perine in 1758. The Perine family owned it until 1913.
It has a shingled, sloping roof, and a Dutch jambless fireplace, which is very high and has a large stone hearth. A secret chamber opens into a room that features a ceiling with exceptionally large beams. Owned by Historic Richmondtown, the house is open to the public on a limited weekend schedule or by appointment.
- National Park Service
- Staten Island Historical Society
- Neighborrhood Preservation Center, NY, NY
- Historic Richmond Town
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