A short documentary on George Burke, the caretaker of The Seguine Mansion in Staten Island, that I shot and directed for Gothamist. The accompanying article was written by Shayla Love:
“There are 19 residential caretakers for New York City’s historic homes, the preserved museums that show how past New Yorkers lived, like Edgar Allen Poe or an early-20th century family. These caretakers seemingly have it all, living in grand homes free of charge. Their presence (as well as acting as overnight security, gardeners, and history buffs) is their job, and their payment is their home.
Most of these caretakers live in the basement or the servant’s quarters, but not George Burke, whom the Historic House Trust (which is overseen by the Department of Parks and Recreation) told us was “a unique case.” Read more at Gothamist.com.
Directed By: Amy Finkel/Sailor Beware
Music By: Lee Sargent
Featuring: George Burke In Conversation with Shayla Love
Special Thanks to: George Burke, Rusty, Christina Mantz, and Mary Bullock
Produced: Dec 17, 2014