Casa Belvedere was born out of a deep passion and commitment to the millions of immigrants, from all over the world, who came to the United States with a dollar and a dream. Now in its’ sixth year Casa Belvedere provides a myriad of cultural and educational activities, programs and special events to the public at large: from language classes to cooking classes; from contemporary art exhibits to historic photo exhibits; from summer long contemporary Italian film festivals to a traditional Italian street festival; from opera night to big band orchestra night; from car shows to fashion shows; from group plays to one man shows; from guest chef demonstrations to wine tastings/pairings; from organic gardening to jarring tomatoes to winemaking classes; from lectures to presentations to book signings….it all happens at Casa Belvedere!
Casa Belvedere now is receiving close to 40,000 recorded visitors per year as it has quickly become a tri-state, metro area historic destination. The Foundation’s activities are held in a 14,000 square foot mansion currently undergoing a $5 million restoration, renovation and transformation from a once private home to a public Italian cultural center. The estate’s 2.75 acres of surrounding property is utilized for programs and events as much as possible due to its bucolic setting.
The building itself was built in 1908 by the Roebling-Stirn family. It is a New York City Landmark Building and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, renamed "Casa Belvedere" in 2008 meaning "house with a beautiful view" is located atop Grymes Hill with breathtaking views of the Verrazano Bridge and New York Harbor.
Recent capital campaign has received funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Parks, Recreation and Preservation division, totaling allocations of $2.5 million. Richmond County Savings Foundation, a main benefactor of our capital campaign, awarded Casa Belvedere two $150,000 grants in the past five years.