Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House

Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House

Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House
Location 1476 Richmond Road, Staten Island, New York
Coordinates 40°35′34″N 74°6′3″W / 40.59278°N 74.10083°W / 40.59278; -74.10083Coordinates: 40°35′34″N 74°6′3″W / 40.59278°N 74.10083°W / 40.59278; -74.10083
Built ca. 1662
Architectural style Domestic vernacular
NRHP Reference # 76001269[1]
Added to NRHP January 1, 1976

The Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House is a Dutch Colonial structure and the oldest standing building on Staten Island, New York.

The house was originally built by Pierre Billiou, a Huguenot who arrived at New Amsterdam fleeing religious persecution in Europe in 1661. He founded Oude Dorp (Old Town) in the same year, and subsequently received a land grant on Staten Island, erecting the original stone section of the house about 1662.[2] 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.

About 1680, Thomas Stillwell, a well-to-do landowner, enlarged the house.[2] 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.[2]

The building 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 occasionally open to the public on a limited schedule or by appointment.

See also


  1. National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. 1 2 3 Discovering Staten Island. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press. 2011. p. 160.

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