The stereo view above shows the Pavilion Hotel on Staten Island, which was originally built to be the home of 19th-century real estate developer Thomas E. Davis.
You're not alone: Davis -- who by some accounts was the third-largest land owner in the city -- has been almost totally passed over by history.
To rectify that, James wrote a piece for CurbedNY that appeared yesterday. Read it at: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/02/11/the_forgotten_developer_who_transformed_19thcentury_nyc.php.
The only picture James was able to dig up of a Thomas Davis shows this fellow:
Is that our Thomas Davis? Alas, we may never know.
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