Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bloomberg advances preservation legacy on SI

From SI Live:

As expected, the Manor House on Butler Boulevard was demolished, ultimately closing the book on an attempt to save the historic Staten Island building that served as a school for the last 40 years.

The three-story stucco and tile building at 500 Butler Blvd., which operated as the Staten Island Montessori School, was torn down last Thursday, about two months after its sale to a private corporation in Brooklyn owned by Joseph Vitacco.

Vitacco declined comment for a third time last Thursday, the same day the building finally came down in a large cloud of dust that traveled out toward Hylan Boulevard.

Mrs. Kammar-Kerner and others endlessly tried to preserve the structure, and in the last two months, contacted Borough President James P. Molinaro, who was unable to provide help.

The only way to save the building was to landmark it, but that never happened.

The recently demolished building was designed by architects Lamb & Richards, who also designed the Sagamore Hill estate for Theodore Roosevelt.

"What I find unfathomable is that someone can possess something of such great value, in every sense of that word, and destroy it, in complete and utter disregard of the community they are a part of, without even exploring the alternatives," Mrs. Kammar-Kerner said.

"I personally cannot imagine owning a home with such historic value and not acting in a way that would both preserve my interests and those of the community at large," she added.


Anonymous said...

Is not Bloomberg Dictatorship grand?

Anonymous said...

Cedar Grove Beach Club is another example of history being demolished on Staten Island. The Mayor, Benepe and the Borough President of Staten Island seem to have an agenda. Don't help anyone preserve any kind of history. It is sad....very sad.

georgetheatheist said...

I'm sure something much more beautiful will be constructed.

Anonymous said...

"I'm sure something much more beautiful will be constructed."

Cram the luxury crap in there!

Anonymous said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think anything could be more beautiful than what they already tore down.

Especially all the crap they build now. More like eyesores!

Velvethead said...

My guess,a string of semi-attached jobs will go up on the plot.