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Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Commanding Officerís Quarters

Governors Island

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
1. Commanding Officerís Quarters Marker
Inscription.
This imposing residence is the Commanding Officerís Quarters, also known as the Admiralís House (after the most recent Coast Guard residents.) Built in the Greek revival style, it was completed in 1843. The house was designed by prominent New York architect Martin E. Thompson, who is best known locally for the design of The Arsenal in Central Park.

Throughout its occupancy, the building was home to the Islandís highest ranking officer and his family. Until 1966, that person was the Army commander. The commander was in charge of such notable commands as the Department of the East, the Second Corps Area and the First Army, which was first modern U.S. Army combat organization. After the 1966 transfer of the Island from Army to Coast Guard control, the house became the quarters of the admiral in command of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, the U.S. Coast Guardís largest command extending from the Caribbean to the Arctic.

The large residence is more than 12,000 square feet. It was formally furnished and often used by the commander in residence to entertain visiting dignitaries. Many of the original features remain, including the ornate mantelpieces and woodwork. Unique among the other buildings in the Governors Island Historic District, the interior has been designated historically significant.
 
Location.
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By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
2. Marker on Governors Island
40° 41.421′ N, 74° 0.808′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from Barry Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Historic District of Governors Island. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dutch and Governors Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Nolan Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Governorís House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Governors House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Governorís House (within shouting distance of this marker); Governors Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Omaha Dock (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kimmel Road (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Governors Island.
 
More about this marker. An outline of the Commanding Officerís Quarters appears on the background of the marker. Two photographs also appear at the upper right of the marker. One is an interior photo of the house showing the “Parlor in the Commanding Officerís Quarters during the Coast Guard period.” The other shows “The residence before 1936
Commanding Officerís Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
3. Commanding Officerís Quarters
changes to the roof and porches.”
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Governors Island. The Trust for Governors Island website. (Submitted on September 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Governors Island. New York Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable Buildings
 
Cannon at the Commanding Officerís Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
4. Cannon at the Commanding Officerís Quarters
This is one of two cannon located in front of the Commanding Officerís Quarters.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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