There's a mystery lurking around the Garden City Public
Library! It's hiding in the archives room. Can you help solve the "history
A volunteer at the library is digitizing the archives and
has come across old real estate photos of homes from around 1925, but with no
addresses listed. The photos can't be identified until the addresses are found.
How good are you at identifying homes in Garden City? Can
Here are two photos from the collection of history
mystery homes. The first one is archived
as "hoest 08." A resident recognized the house as 139 Nassau
Boulevard and contacted Joe and Beth Castronovo, the current owners. The home is as grand as ever, though it's now surrounded by more
foliage. They were given a digital copy of the old photo.
remarked, " This house is
a true gem ...! There are six gas fireplaces...and all the gas lighting
(pendants and wall sconces) and fireplaces worked when we moved in too! I
have the original blue prints for the house. The architect was G. Francis
Leonard, 150 Nassau Street, New York, New York. But the plans are not dated. We
suspect the house was completed in 1907-08-09. All the lighting was gas and
electric and the stove and boiler were coal burning with an ash chute and pit
in the basement. We even have a "provision room" in the basement. According
to property records that we found, one of the previous owners was Montague
(Monty) Burgess, whose wife Blanche taught at Stratford School. They lived here
for many years and took painstaking care of the house."
The next old photo is "hoest 04." Do you
recognize this home? Keep in mind that over the years, porches might have been removed, wings added and other changes may have been made to the original home. Please contact Suzie Alvey at 516-326-1720 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. When identified, Alvey will take a current photo and the
correct address will be revealed here.