Staten Island’s Casa Belvedere, an Italian Cultural Pillar, Needs Our Votes


Casa Belvedere, the only New York site to be chosen as a finalist, needs our votes in order to earn a $150,000 National Partners in Preservation grant.

Grymes Hill, Staten Island, New York – Built in 1908, this former private home turned public arts and cultural center has strong connections to notable “women of steel” — Suzette Claiborne Grymes, Emily Warren Roebling, and Laura Roebling Stirn — whose contributions helped shape Staten Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and ultimately, the United States.

The Roebling-Stirn Mansion, known today as Casa Belvedere, serves as a significant architectural and cultural pillar, as well as a destination venue for locals and tourists alike.

Casa Belvedere is one of our country’s most important Italian American cultural centers, featuring Italian language and cooking classes, film screenings, art exhibits, opera presentations and lectures.

And now, this NYC historic site is one of 20 finalists to compete in the prestigious National Partners in Preservation (PIP) public voting contest.

The top 10 winners that receive the most votes will each win $150,000. If Casa Belvedere makes the cut, the money will be used to restore upper levels that sustained severe water damage during Hurricane Sandy, with the ultimate goal of transforming them into new gallery spaces.

Learn more about Casa Belvedere, and the PIP grant, here:

Vote here, and let’s work together in getting this pivotal cultural center the attention and grant money it deserves!

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