September 19, 2015
With the completion of the $24.4 million renovation of Building A at Snug Harbor, we’re proud to announce that the Staten Island Museum has a new home. This exciting news was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 19th, where children and families participated in lawn games, live music, arts and crafts. DDC Commissioner Peña-Mora was on hand to speak to the crowd, along with our STEAM Initiatives team, who offered educational games for kids.
A nationally significant history site, Snug Harbor was saved from demolition in 1965 by the Museum. Through DDC’s Design and Construction Excellence program, Gluckman Tang Architects provided a design for the 18,000 square-foot space that upgraded the existing building, while remaining respectful to its history and not disturbing the exterior. With sustainability in mind, the architects included a closed-loop geothermal system, which minimizes the need for fossil fuels. The Museum will be the first historic landmark building on Staten Island to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.
Building A at Snug Harbor was originally built as one of several building that comprised a charitable institution. After falling into disrepair in the mid-20th century, we are proud to contribute to the new life of this building, which will serve as the nexus of the Museum’s activities. Culture and entertainment is in good hands in Staten Island.