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Queen Anne style home in stapleton heights historic district, staten island, new york

The Stapleton Heights Historic District was designated in 2004 and includes 92 buildings. Homeowners, the Mud Lane Society for the Renaissance of Stapleton and local preservationists have fought for this designation since the early 1980s. It was overwhelmingly supported. However, some members of community board and neighbors did voice opposition. Fortunately, the majority of homeowners and Staten Islanders supported the landmark designation.


Map of the Stapleton Heights Historic District


NYC Landmark  Designation of Stapleton Heights Historic District



Stapleton Historic District

Tappen Park, Stapleton’s Towncenter. NYC Parks recently renovated the site and  there are events year round!

The Paramount Theatre, Rapp and RappTompkinsville Masonic Temple, Bay Street, Stapleton, Staten Island

Take a drive along Bay Street and you will see rare survivors of great architecture !


Pictured above left: The Tompkinsville Masonic Lodge– designed by Architect Alfred Sargent


Pictured on right: The Art Deco style Paramount Theatre– under renovations and to be designated a NYC Landmark– Architects– Nationally known Rapp and Rapp. Updates on the Paramount

The Liberty Theatre, Staten Island, Beach Street and James WhitfordJames Whitford and The Liberty Theatre, Staten Island

Former Liberty Theatre on Beach St: Architect James Whitford

Above: Corner of Bay Street and Thompson St.

Architects: Unknown—

School of Rock– filmed here!! Also filmed at Wagner College and other SI sites.

Home located within the Stapleton Heights Historic District, on St. Paul’s Avenue.

Nyc Landmarked Si Bank Soverign Bank, Staten ISlandWater Street, Terra Cotta Facade, Staten Island

Above: Building at Water Street has a Terra Cotta Façade , which is in need of restoration.

Si Bank/Sovereign Bank is a NYC Landmark . It has several nautical details– compass-like design on the floor of the entrance , carvings and statues. This is because it was designed when Stapleton had a thriving Maritime industry.


Excerpt from Si Bank Press Release in 2006 on NYC landmark designation…


Mr. Fishman said that the landmark designation of the Water Street building also highlights the bank’s pivotal role in the continuing revitalization of Stapleton. “We are proud that Staten Island's oldest successful bank is still serving the public in the same community where it was established.” This relationship led the bank to take a leadership role in a planning project for Stapleton, currently underway, that has been supported by the bank and the SIBT and Independence Community Foundations. “Our goal is the resurgence of Stapleton, and the development of a reinvestment strategy to change the economic outlook for the community and its citizens,” added Mr. Fishman.


Designed by Delano & Aldrich and opened in 1925, the commission calls the building “an important example of 20th Century Italian Renaissance-inspired neo-Classicism” as the architects took advantage of the acute angle of the site to create a dramatic entrance.

Paramount Theatre, Staten Island


Lobby of the Paramount Theatre in Stapleton , April 2009

Under consideration for EXTERIOR Landmarking by NYC Landmarks


Below: restoration work of the plaster reliefs at th Paramount.

victorian home located in stapelton heights historic district, staten island, new york