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Louis A. and Laura Stirn House
|NRHP Reference #||10000899|
|Added to NRHP||November 12, 2010|
|Designated NYCL||January 30, 2001|
Casa Belvedere is a cultural center devoted to Italian studies, located at 79 Howard Avenue, Grymes Hill, Staten Island, New York. The building was constructed in 1908 as a mansion. 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 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.
Staten Island Advance, September 19, 2010, pages 1 and 6, with photos.