New book celebrates Seguine Mansion
By Kiawana Rich | firstname.lastname@example.org
April 08, 2015 at 4:38 PM, updated April 09, 2015
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- For Christina Mantz, the moment has finally arrived.
The design consultant celebrated the release of her new book about the Seguine Mansion Wednesday morning inside the breathtaking home in Prince's Bay.
The coffee table book, titled "The Seguine House: A Nineteenth-Century Working Estate in Twenty-First Century New York City," offers a full-color photographic volume highlighting the beautiful historic 1838 Greek Revival Seguine house, including its stunning interiors, glorious and romantic gardens and its stables in Prince's Bay.
Bubbly with excitement over the five-year project finally coming to fruition, the West Brighton resident and book producer provided plenty of hugs and kisses to house caretaker George Burke.
"We thought it would never happen -- but if it ever happened I knew she could make it happen," said the 85-year-old Burke, who has spent years restoring the home.
Ms. Mantz, who grew up in an old farmhouse, said: "I've known George Burke for over 30 years and when you grow up in an old house you kind of know everyone else who has old houses, and all their stories intertwine, and seeing this house and all the parties here, of course, how can you not fall in love? It was a love affair and we had so much in common. We love all the old stuff. It's the genteel life, I just love all that."
Let the publicity fun begin...
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“He wakes up every morning saying how can I make my home more beautiful,” said Christina Mantz, who grew up in an 1840s farm house on Staten Island. “Less is more is something he never learned.”
Mr. Burke still climbs a ladder each year to paint a portion of the exterior. He waters his trees and formal gardens by hand and feeds his flock of peacocks. He throws a spring garden party where guests are encouraged to dress in white.
In the past few years, he set up a foundation to eventually run the mansion alongside the city’s Parks Department.
To raise money to support the house in the future, Ms. Mantz put together a 124-page coffee-table book tracing the mansion’s history and Mr. Burke’s restoration. It is to be published at the end of March by Rizzoli New York. Her husband, Robert Mantz, an artist who works in advertising, handled the photography.
She has so far raised $42,000 of the $50,000 budget for the book, “The Seguine House: A Nineteenth-Century Working Estate in Twenty-First Century New York City,” ($50).
Behind the scenes of the article:
Sunset glow is seen creeping in from the west over Lemon Creek with
bushy-topped Phragmites in the foreground and Salt Hay beyond.
Joseph H. Seguine made a fortune selling salt hay - used to keep ice blocks from melting before the invention of refrigeration.
Golden light shines over the paddock to the bay beyond.
The caretakers cottage, now guest house, basks in the glow.
Riding lesson at sunset on an overcast day.
A pinto and rider and a peacock go about their affairs under the last rays.
As we arrive to set up the reshoots the ever-vigilant peacocks need to know what's going on.
The white peahen, her left foot coquettishly raised, seems to be asking, "May I come in?"
Mary Bullock and Christina Mantz, seen in the mirror, check the styling for the reshoot of a tea party.
November 5 we visited our publisher, Rizzoli, at their Park Avenue South corporate office in Manhattan, to check proofs just flown in from the printer in Hong Kong.
Producer Christina Mantz reviews contracts while Principal Photographer/Book Designer Robert Mantz checks the proofs.
Four peacock sentinels, alerted by the sound of barking, assume lookout posts on the roof peak of the garage. The one on the right is also checking out this photographer. Note the weeping willow in the background.
Looking through the huge, sheltering weeping willow, just inside the Seguine Equestrian Center vehicular gate.