Staten Island Family Courthouse
100 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Date Built: 1930-1931
Architect: Sibley & Fetherston
The Staten Island Family Courthouse is located on Richmond Terrace between Wall
Street and Hamilton Avenue. It houses the Family Court and associated offices. It
was originally called the Staten Island Children's Courthouse.
The Staten Island Family Courthouse, an integral part of Staten Island's Civic Center
in St. George, is an impressive neoclassical building set on Richmond Terrace. In
1898, Richmond County was consolidated into the City of New York, and the first
Borough President of Staten Island, George Cromwell, moved the old county center
from Richmondtown to St. George. Influenced by the City Beautiful movement, Cromwell
and architect and Staten Island resident, John Carrère created a grand scheme
for a series of government buildings at St. George. Each building was to be freestanding,
but to employ classical revival forms and be set back to a common sight line behind
a landscaped lawn to create a harmonious ensemble. Between 1898 and 1919, the firm
of Carrère & Hastings designed the first four buildings for the Civic Center.
Sibley & Fetherston followed Carrère's design precedents, siting the Family
Courthouse in line with other municipal buildings on Richmond Terrace. The neoclassical
building was clad in terra cotta treated to look like limestone to harmonize with
Carrère & Hastings' neighboring Richmond County Courthouse. Notable features
include the rusticated walls, pedimented Ionic portico, and pedimented window surrounds.
The majority of New York City courthouses were built in the 1920s and 1930s and
the 1930 Staten Island Family Courthouse exemplifies this "boom" in courthouse construction.
It is the City's only extant family (children's) courthouse still in use as a court
and is largely architectural intact. It is an excellent example of the work of Sibley
& Fetherston, a significant Staten Island architectural firm and one of the
most prolific firms designing courthouses in New York City.* [Landmarks Preservation
*See related pages for Staten Island Civil and
The Staten Island Family Courthouse was designated
a New York City landmark in January 2001.
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