Alice Austen House

Video (2:55) Watch the video, then plan your visit to “Clear Comfort”, the home of photographer and lesbian Alice Austen (1866 – 1952), now The Alice Austen House Museum.

The Alice Austen House Museum has a collection of photographs, with about 300 on display in the resource room, which is open to the public.

About Alice Austen

In her 40 years as a Staten Island photographer, Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) produced around 8,000 photographs. Her earliest photo is dated 1884. In 1899 Austen met Gertrude Amelia Tate (1871–1962), a kindergarten teacher and dancing instructor of Brooklyn, New York. Gertrude became Austen’s lifelong companion. She moved in with Alice at Clear Comfort in 1917. There they lived together until 1945, where the sale of the house and other circumstances lead to them moving to separate (nursing) homes.

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