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Island’s Top Home-Improvement Pros To Shield Historic Richmond Town Landmark From Winter
Licensed experts to construct canopy over fire-ravaged Kruser-Finley House
Staten Island, N.Y. – Some of Staten Island’s most prominent home improvement contractors are about to make
history by working to save it.
The licensed professionals, representing the National Association of Remodeling/Home Improvement Contractors of Staten Island (NARI-HIC of Staten Island), will be donating building materials along with their time and skills in the coming days to shield the fire-damaged Kruser-Finley House at Historic Richmond Town from the elements while the landmarked house, circa 1790, awaits restoration. The work is expected to begin within days following the anticipated approval of city permits, according to the contractors’ group.
The project will result in a free-standing canopy that will protect the structure until the early spring, when the restoration work can be completed.
“The NARI-HIC organization called us immediately after the fire and committed to help,” said Ed Wiseman, executive director of Historic Richmond Town. “Since then, they have organized a committee of professionals and have been working hard to draw up plans, gather materials, raise funds, coordinate the labor and help us get the permits and approvals we need in order to move forward. Even before one nail has been pounded, they have become champions."
Ravaged by a suspicious fire on Aug. 28, most of the historic home’s second floor was destroyed, along with the roof. Three boys, ages 12, 13 and 15, are facing charges related to the blaze. “The structure is currently roofless and in sore need of repair,” said Gregg Mechanical Corp. General Manager Lana Ruggiero Seidman, president of NARI-HIC of Staten Island. “Before restoration work can begin, the home will need temporary overhead protection to shield it from the rain and snow. With the winter months quickly approaching, there is a growing sense of urgency. As soon as our member architect Ron Victorio brought this need to our attention, NARI-HIC offered its support.”
Although temporary in design, Wiseman added, “The quality of the canopy will be top-notch. It’s not going to be a simple tarp, but rather a strong wood structure replete with roofing materials.”
About NARI-HIC of Staten Island
NARI-Staten Island Home Improvement Contractors Association (NARI-HIC) is a Staten Island, N.Y.-based nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to foster a membership of reputable contracting firms dedicated to the personification of honesty, integrity, responsibility, unrelenting professionalism, quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. The NARI-HIC roster comprises general members, and associate and affiliate members who reflect the membership’s high ethical standards. For additional information, the organization may be reached at 718-356-2323.
About Historic Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town is New York City’s living history and museum complex. Visitors can explore the diversity of the American experience through the lives of ordinary people who struggled, survived and thrived from the Colonial period to the present. When you visit, you'll discover that Historic Richmond Town rests on over 100 acres and encompasses four sites. The museum is located at 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island, NY 10306; Phone: 718-351-1611.