The Westfield Township District School No. 7, one of the oldest surviving school structures on Staten Island, was erected in 1896 during a school construction boom related to the population growth on the island.
The building project, undertaken by the school district Board of Trustees at the time when the village of Kreischerville approached a peak of development and during the time when the schools on Staten Island were under the jurisdiction of Richmond County and the State of New York, was both an exercise in local government and an architectural achievement. An addition to the rear of Public School No. 4 (as the school was renumbered after the consolidation of Greater New York in 1898), was constructed in 1906-07 to the designs of the New York City Board of Education’s Superintendent of School Buildings, C.B.J. Snyder.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society