(Staten Island, NY – March 30, 2022) NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Thomas Foley today announced the beginning of a $5,177,000 project to restore the historic front stairs, handrails and other items at the façade of the Staten Island Supreme Court building located at 18 Richmond Terrace. The project, which is funded by DCAS and managed by DDC, will begin in April and is projected to be completed in fall of next year.
The French Renaissance style, temple-fronted limestone courthouse, built in 1913, sits atop an impressive limestone podium fronting Richmond Terrace and New York Harbor and is a designated New York City landmark. The front limestone steps are showing signs of subsiding and substantially weathered. Beneath the steps, concrete beams are in need of repair.
The project includes the replacement of the building’s existing limestone steps and landings with more durable granite stairs with bluestone landing pavers. The concrete adjacent to the steps will be replaced and the existing structural support beneath the stairs will be rebuilt with new reinforced concrete columns and beams. New ornamental bronze handrails intended to look like the building’s original handrails as seen in historic drawings will be installed.
The project will also replace the coping stone and iron picket fence above a retaining wall located along Schuyler Street. Four new exterior lights designed to match the exiting historic fixtures and brackets will be installed along the building portico. A new sidewalk and curbs will complete the job along Richmond Terrace.
“The Staten Island Supreme Court building is not only a vital public facility, but also a point of civic pride that should be preserved for future generations,” said DCAS Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock. “I am proud of DCAS’s role managing this historic facility, and we are happy to invest in its future.”
“Courthouse steps have traditionally been an important public meeting spot and the City’s historically accurate restoration of the steps at the Staten Island Supreme Court building will once again make that possible,” said DDC Commissioner Thomas Foley. “We look forward to completing the work next year.”
The contractor performing the work is XBR Inc., based in Astoria, Queens.
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