Please join us today, Thursday, Nov. 14 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm as the Library Archives and Special Collections (Building 1L) celebrates the addition of a new collection donated by Prof. Susan Imberman and her husband Dr. Steven Imberman, DDS, documenting the house at 808 Annadale Road, Staten Island that Dr. Imberman used as his office for many years.

The collection’s architectural drawings, watercolor renderings, photographs, and financial records document the construction and original furnishings of the house, built in 1917 as part of the Little Farms development in Annadale. From as early as the mid-19th Century, suburban real estate development constituted an important aspect of Staten Island’s population growth. Shortly after Staten Island’s 1898 consolidation with New York City, a real estate company assembled a parcel of land in Annadale chosen to appeal to commuters due to the proximity of a Staten Island Railway station. The company began selling houses in Little Farms in 1900 and built a new railway station for Annadale in 1910. The materials the Imberman’s donated are remarkable for their completeness and the documentation they provide of an aspect of Staten Island’s residential development in the years after consolidation.

Light refreshments will be served.

By Amy F. Stempler