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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Postcard Thursday: Thomas E. Davis


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.

Who?

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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1 comment:

Jimbo said...

No, I'm afraid not. the Thomas Davis pictured in that card is actually Thomas Osborne Davis of Mallow, County Cork, Ireland. He was a writer who penned several Irish Nationalist songs, the one most famous is "A Nation Once Again". He died at age 30 of Scarlet Fever in Ireland.

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