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Guyon Tavern Saved and Restored

Restoration work has been completed on the 1819 Guyon Tavern, part of Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island.

In April of 2018 an SUV plowed through the front façade and corner of the two-story frame building causing extensive damage. The Conservancy made a $10,000 Emergency Preservation grant to cover the cost of emergency stabilization and to defray the cost of engineer and architect’s fees. Our thanks to Old Structures Engineers, Jan Hird Pokorny Architects and Fifty Three Restorations contractors for the excellent work on the tavern.

Historic Richmond Town is an historic complex of town and farm structures situated near the geographical center of Staten Island.


Emergency Grant Help for 1819 Staten Island Building
April, 2018

Historic Richmond Town received an Emergency Preservation Grant of $10,000 for urgent stabilization and to defray the cost of engineer’s and architect’s fees for the restoration of the historic Guyon Tavern, after a car damaged the 1819 building.

On the night of April 2, an SUV plowed through the front façade of the two-story frame building at 3752 Richmond Road in Staten Island. The elderly driver was not badly hurt and does not face charges but the impact took out a corner structural post and portions of the front and side facades. We called Historic Richmond Town as soon as we heard about the accident and they asked for our help in getting a qualified engineer to the scene as soon as possible. The Conservancy called on our colleagues at Old Structures Engineering, who went out to visit the site immediately and specified emergency stabilization measures. The building was stabilized and sealed and is now in no danger of collapse. The board of directors of Historic Richmond Town is currently deciding on an architect for the restoration of the building.

The nearly 200-year old building is part of Historic Richmond Town, a preserved historic village comprised of roughly 30 buildings located near the center of Staten Island. Guyon Tavern is a popular entertainment venue where music lovers are treated to candlelight concerts. The focus is on natural acoustics and non-electric instruments. A wood stove provides heat. The frame building is of simple but obviously sturdy construction.

The museum village of Historic Richmond Town displays three centuries of life on Staten Island. The buildings are a walk through time … offering a look at how ordinary people lived and worked from Colonial times through the early 20th century. There are regular tours and special programs all year round. Watch our video, then plan your visit.

More Information:
For Richmond Town events, tours and general info visit historicrichmondtown.org

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