Augustinian Academy (Staten Island)

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Augustinian Academy
Augustinian Academy, Grymes Hill, Staten Island, N.Y. (aerial view) (NYPL b15279351-104950).tiff
General information
Town or city Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York City
Country United States
Completed 1899
Client Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

The Augustinian Academy was founded on May 30, 1899 in conjunction with the new parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel, both by the Augustinian Friars.[1] The buildings were erected by the Visitation Nuns, and were purchased and altered by the Augustinians for educational purposed.[1] The academy buildings were dedicated by Cardinal Martinelli on September 10, 1899 and officially opened on September 13, 1899.[1] This was the first Catholic settlement in Tompkinsville, with the first mass said in the neighborhood occurred 12 November 1899 in McRobert's Hall on Arietta Street.[1] Our Lady of Good Counsel occupied the large chapel in the Academy building, which "was used for parochial purposes with the chapel of Our Lady of Consolation.[1] The parish left the Academy building in 1902 after erecting a small chapel on St. Paul's Avenue[1]

The program of study comprised classical, commercial and grammar courses, is incorporated in the University of the State of New York, and was designated by Cardinal Farley as the Catholic High School of Richmond Borough.[1] The valuation of the academy and church property was about $100,000 in 1914.[1] On May 30, 1909, commemorating the tenth anniversary the academy's founding, the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Richmond County presented the academy with a handsome flagpole 100 feet high, and an American flag.[1]

The academy closed in 1969. It was then used as a retreat house until 1983, and later acquired by Wagner College.[2]

Among the properties it owned, and founded, was a site on the southeast of Andrew Avenue, 200 feet south of Fordham Road, in Morrisania, Bronx. The structure would be a two-storey brick school, 54x100 feet, built 1906 to the designs by architect J. O'Connor for $50,000 for the now-closed St. Augustine's School, indicating a connection there.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Remigius Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3: The Province of Baltimore and the Province of New York, Section 1: Comprising the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, Buffalo and Ogdensburg Together with some Supplementary Articles on Religious Communities of Women.. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p.396.
  2. ^ Matteo, Thomas (October 7, 2012). "Staten Island Memories: Augustinian Academy". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "IN THE REAL ESTATE FIELD.; Deal for Front Street Property -- Upper Eighth Avenue Corner Sold -- Successful Auction Offerings of Bronx Property. -- The Building Department: List of Plans Filled for a New Structure in Manhattan and Bronx", New York Times, April 18, 1906, ("...John N. Golding has sold for Elizabeth H. Jaques to John Bittner 1 Front Street, adjoining the corner of Whitehall Street, 33.5 by 110 by 39.5 by 110. The property connects at the rear with the Eastern Hotel, at Whitehall and South Streets, of which Mr. Bittner is proprietor, and will probably be improved with an addition to that structure....")

Coordinates: 40°51′44″N 73°54′23″W / 40.8623°N 73.9065°W / 40.8623; -73.9065