Capturing the Rich Culture of Italy
In the Italian language, Casa Belvedere means “house with a beautiful view” and nowhere is this more evident than at 79 Howard Avenue in Staten Island. With its lavish grounds and rich history, Casa Belvedere, a New York City historic landmark, sits on nearly three acres atop Grymes Hill and boasts a spectacular view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the New York City Harbor. This magnificent landmark building was built in 1908 by the granddaughter of John Roebling and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In November 2008, Staten Island residents Gina Biancardi-Rammairone and Luciano Rammairone purchased the mansion with dreams of restoring it to its original splendor while converting it to an arts and cultural center for the community to enjoy.
Through innovative programs, exhibits, and events, the Foundation seeks to preserve and promote an appreciation of Italian language, arts, literature, history, fashion, cuisine, and commerce while also celebrating the Italian heritage and the contributions of Italians and Italian-Americans to the fabric of the United States.
Since 2009, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere has been educating the general public, but more importantly, the next generation via arts and cultural enrichment programs. Casa Belvedere’s programs and activities are particularly empowering for participants to better understand and identify with the positive contributions of Italians and Italian-Americans to this great nation. For those who aren’t of Italian origin, Casa Belvedere’s myriad of arts and cultural program offerings provide a Renaissance learning experience, as well as a place to call their home away from home.
Serving the community in this capacity is what we do best, but we need your help! Contributions, whether great or small, are appreciated. A donation can be made online by simply clicking any “Donate Now” button on this site.
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Future Plans for Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301
Tel: 718.273.7660 | Fax: 718.273.0020