Casa Belvedere is a cultural center devoted to Italian studies, located at 79 Howard Avenue, Grymes Hill, Staten Island, New York. The mansion was constructed in 1908, and is an Italian Renaissance style building with Arts and Crafts detailing. It is a 2 1⁄2-story, stuccoed masonry structure with a 2 1⁄2-story service wing and attached conservatory. It features an overhanging clay tile hipped roof with bracketed eaves and a portico with Ionic order columns and Doric order corner piers. Also on the property is a contributing former garage.:5, 9
Louis A. and Laura Stirn House
|Location||79 Howard Avenue, Grymes Hill, New York|
|Area||2.75 acres (1.11 ha)|
|Architect||Kafka & Lindermeyr|
|Architectural style||Italian Renaissance, Arts and Crafts|
|NRHP reference No.||10000899|
|Added to NRHP||November 12, 2010|
|Designated NYCL||January 30, 2001|
Over the years it housed a number of different families, including for several years being the official residence of the President of Wagner College. It was declared a New York City Landmark in 2006 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010 as the Louis A. and Laura Stirn House. In 2008 it was purchased by Gina Biancardi and Luciano Rammaironi, and turned into a cultural center. In this role it hosts Italian language classes for both adults and children, wine tastings, lectures, films, cooking lessons, book signings, displays of Italian-made motor vehicles (e.g. Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, and Vespa), and art exhibits, all with an Italian orientation.:16
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/18/11 through 1/21/11. National Park Service. 2011-01-28.
- "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-12-01. Note: This includes Kathy Howe (July 2010). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Louis A. and Laura Stirn House" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-01. See also: "Accompanying photos".
Staten Island Advance, September 19, 2010, pages 1 and 6, with photos.
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