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Vanderbilt Mausoleum officially designated city landmark

 Annalise Knudson | aknudson@siadvance.com By Annalise Knudson | aknudson@siadvance.com
on April 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM
 STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island is home to a rich history, most of which can be found by touring the many landmarks and the borough’s historic districts. On Tuesday, the Vanderbilt Mausoleum, was officially designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).The mausoleum was built by the country’s wealthiest family of their time, combining the talents of two of America’s greatest designers — Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted. It sits in New Dorp, adjacent to Moravian Cemetery.William H. Vanderbilt planned the mausoleum, and it was completed in 1886, after his death, by his son George W. Vanderbilt.

William’s father, Cornelius Vanderbilt, amassed America’s largest fortune through his steamboat and railroad lines, a major role in the development of New York City and State. When he died, William became the richest man in American history.

“The impression you get when you walk from the gate, to the path, to the mausoleum is one of a rising imposing structure,” said Commissioner John Gustafsson. “It’s a remarkably peaceful place, and a dramatic statement of both 19th century life and 19th century death.”

The mausoleum was reserved for those with the Vanderbilt name, including sons, their wives and unmarried daughters. It houses the remains of all four of William and Maria’s sons and three of their wives.

Of the city’s LPC’s backlog  of the 95 properties listed citywide, 26 properties were on Staten Island. Six Island properties are under the “prioritized for designation” list, and may become landmarks by the end of the year.

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