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Sailor’s Snug Harbor

Sailor’s Snug Harbor  

Sailor’s Snug Harbor, also known informally as Sailor’s Snug Harbor, or Snug Harbor, is a notable collection of  19th-century architecture on Staten Island, New York City. These buildings are located in an 85-acre  park created by Kil Van Kull in New Brighton on the North Shore of the Staten Islands. The grounds and buildings are used by organizations that promote the arts under the umbrella of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens.

Sailors Snug Harbor was built as a retirement home for seafarers after funds were bequeathed on the death of Captain Robert Richard Randall in 1801. Snug Harbor was founded in 1833 as a nursing home in building C. Other structures were later built on this site. The building was converted into a cultural center after demolishing the shipping house that was moved from the site in 1976. Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens operate the grounds and facilities, a non-profit Smithsonian-affiliated organization. H&A Staten Island Plumbing

Sailors Snug Harbor features Greek Revival, Beaux Arts, Italian Victorian, and Italian architecture. The ‘Temple Row’ are five interlocking Greek-style buildings labeled A through E. These buildings are set in large landscaped gardens surrounded by 19th-century cast-iron fences. There is also a chapel and a sailor’s cemetery on the grounds. Cultural centers include the Staten Island Botanical Garden, Children’s Museum,  Staten Island Museum Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art,  Noble Maritime Collection,  Art Lab, and  Music Hall.

 Cultural Center  

 Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Staten Island Botanical Garden were established in 1975. The former was responsible for the building and the latter for the gardens on the property. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center officially opened on  September 26, 1976. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center was open to the public when it officially opened. In 2008, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and  Staten Island Botanical Gardens merged to form the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens.

 Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens

Grounds   The building is large and beautiful, set in lush and well-manicured gardens. It consists of five gates, two for facilitating vehicle traffic and the rest for pedestrians. The gates used for traffic are the west gate on Snug Harbor Road and the east gate on Tysen Street. Other sites include Richmond Terrace Gate, the southern entrance leading to Henderson Avenue, and  Kissel Gate on Kissel Avenue on the west side of the site’s western edge. New York City’s most famous sights include the Italian-style gatehouse at the north entrance and the iron fence built on Richmond Terrace in the mid-19th century.

Address: Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY  

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