"Small stone farmhouses from the 17th and 18th centuries, 19th-century hilltop mansions and 20th-century housing developments exhibit the great variety of American architectural forms found on Staten Island. The features and beauty of Staten Island's churches, institutions and civic buildings reflect its citizens' knowledge of the larger world and pride in their communities." --Barnett Shepherd, from "Architecture" in Discovering Staten Island: A 350th Anniversary Commemorative History. 2011.
The Preservation League of Staten Island works for the conservation and continued vitality of Staten Island's historic resources. The League was founded in 1977 by a group of community-minded citizens concerned about Staten Island's vanishing historic environment. We sponsor programs about the recognition, care and restoration of historic properties. We give neighborhood and historic house tours and confer annual awards for outstanding preservation work. Advocating landmark designation for significant sites is a priority. Preservation, Conservation, Vitality!
Join us in our work to protect Staten Island's historic treasures. Click here for information on joining this vital organization.
From Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary:
Preservation: " Keeping safe from injury, harm or destruction."
Conservation: "Keeping in a safe or sound state; esp: to avoid wasteful or destructive use."
Vitality: "The peculiarity distinguishing the living from the nonliving. Capacity to live and develop."