Veteran’s Memorial Hall
The Chapel, now known as Veteran’s Memorial Hall, was completed in 1856 when all Sailor’s Snug Harbor residents were mandated to attend religious services. It was originally constructed by New York builder, James Salmon. Its plain entablature, cornice and pilasters at the corner of the building were in keeping with the Greek Revival style of Snug Harbor’s other buildings. It was built without a tower, perhaps for budgetary reasons. The current three-stage tower with belfry was constructed in 1883 by head carpenter Richard Smyth who may have used original drawings or designed it himself. It was originally located on the site of the Great Hall. It was moved about 200 feet in 1893 on completion of the Randall Memorial Church, now demolished.
Today the Veteran’s Memorial Hall is a black-box theater and performance space that has been the setting for many wonderful productions. The lower level features a lobby, bar and refreshment area, bathrooms, box office, green room/rehearsal room and two dressing rooms. The first floor has a vestibule, auditorium with pews and two staircases to the balcony,. It has a seating capacity of 150. In addition to theatrical productions, the Hall can be adapted to other uses including graduations, memorial services, lectures, films, music recitals and concerts.
It is dedicated as a memorial to 828 Staten Island residents who died in service during World Wars I and II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.