Histoic Deginated home on St. Paul's Ave., Staten IslandIn 1887, a handful of houses were constructed in the Queen Anne architectural style. These were 18 Marion Avenue, which was built for George P. Savacool and sold the following year to Henry M. Cattermole, a ferry captain who had operated the ferry between Manhattan and Staten Island at the age of twenty; 387 St. Paul's Avenue, which was designed by Hugo Kafka, Sr, of the firm Kafka & Lindenmeyr, for brewery owner George Bechtel, who had it built for his daughter Anna and her husband Leonard Weiderer; 403 St. Paul's Avenue, which was built for merchant John C. Siemer; and 413 St. Paul's Avenue, another home built by Siemer, possibly for his daughter Margaretha.

A few of the Queen Anne houses consisted of Shingle-style elements. These included 239 St. Paul's Avenue, 231 St. Paul's Avenue, and 14 Marion Avenue, which were built in 1887, 1888, and 1889, respectively. 231 St. Paul's Avenue was built for merchant Louis A. Stirn and his wife Laura, daughter of the Methfessel School's founder. 239 St. Paul's Avenue was actually built as a Shingle-style house by Edward and Sarah Bonnetta Ward Wanty, Albert Ward's daughter, but had Queen Anne-style elements incorporated into it. The house at 14 Marion Avenue was built for customs inspector Albert O. Garbe, which was near his parent's house at 168 Cebra Avenue.

The last Queen-Anne style houses to be built in the Stapleton Heights Historic District's vicinity were that of 94 Trossach Road, 37 Occident Avenue, and 300 St. Paul's Avenue. The house at 94 Trossach Road was built around Landmark House, Staten Island Greek1891 for John and Annie Lettig; it was built on a slope and provides a 360° view of the house's surroundings. 37 Occident Avenue was built for banker William H. Ludlum by around 1893. This house, which was built as a Queen Anne-style house with Colonial Revival-style features, was one of the first buildings designed by architect Otto Loeffler. During the time that the house at 37 Occident Avenue was being built, another house of Queen Anne-style architecture was built. This house was built for newspaper editor and poet Daniel MacIntyre Henderson and his wife, Amelia.

While the Second Empire-style architecture was popular for two decades prior to 1880, it was not until 1883 that a house in this style was built in the area. 347 St. Paul's Avenue was the first of its kind here, being built for William Hechler, the same year that he had his two Queen Anne-style houses constructed. Four years later, another Second Empire-style house was constructed for brewery chemist William Hechler. This house, at 351 St. Paul's Avenue, is the house in which he resided until his death in 1909. During the time that the Queen Anne-style houses were being built in the vicinity, one other house of a different architecture was built. This house, which is located at 368 St. Paul's Avenue, was built in the Renaissance Revival-style around 1891 for Adolph Badenhausen, an importer, and his wife Minnie.

Second Empire Home, StapletonThe most popular style of architecture in the Stapleton Heights Historic District is the Neo-Colonial-style. There is a total of thirty-six houses of this architecture, most of which occupy St. Paul's Avenue. The first house to be built in this style is located at 409 St. Paul's Avenue. It was built by around 1887 for John C. Siemer who, during that same year, had the Queen Anne-style houses built. The next Neo-Colonial-style house was not built until 1895, when engineer Hugo Lindemann had it constructed for himself at 175 Cebra Avenue.

A sextet of houses in the Neo-Colonial style was designed by architect Otto Loeffler. The first of such was at 207 St. Paul's Avenue, which was built in 1898 for harbor pilot Andrew Jackson. The next house Loeffler designed was 203 St. Paul's Avenue, which was built the following year for realtor Anton L. Schwab. Six years had passed before another house was constructed using Loeffler's design. This house, at 344 St. Paul's Avenue, was built for wool merchant John Carmichael, Sr. In 1907, another house was built using his design for another Sandy Hook pilot, Alfred Baeszler and his wife Julia, at 99 Marion Avenue. In 1911, the Neo-Colonial-style house at 249 St. Paul's Avenue was constructed for a Mrs. Catherine Cornell. In 1917, the last of Loeffler's Neo-Colonial designs was constructed into a house at 291 St. Paul's Avenue, for Henry Bury.

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