Mary L. Bullock is a visual artist, researcher and activist for preservation, and like anyone who is multiskilled, she is probably most satisfied when she can put all these skills together. That is what has happened in her latest project, a book about the well loved Seguine Mansion, a great historical house on the island’s South Shore. The book, which will be available soon, is a collaboration with, among others, Christina Maintz, another Staten Island photographer, and it will be a richly illustrated presentation of the mansion. For her contribution to the project, Ms. Bullock put together research both from official records and from the journals of the mansion’s present owner, Charles Burke.
More about this project can be found at the Staten Island Advance article, Photos: New book offers a toast to Staten Island’s Seguine Mansion.
This is only one of Ms. Bullock’s activities documenting and working for the preservation of Staten Island’s architectural heritage. Recently she has become involved in efforts to preserve the historic building at 848 Castleton Avenue, which has been a library and a work studio for two prominent African American artists, Maurice Phillips and his wife, Andrea Phillips. And before that, she created a photo gallery of the neighborhoods adjacent to Staten Island Railway stations.
Mary L. Bullock is originally from Detroit, and studied here in New York at the Pratt Institute. She presently lives on Staten Island in West Brighton and is actively involved in the preservation of the island’s past and planning for its future.