Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #81

387 St. Paul’s Avenue

Architect: Hugo Kafka
Style: Queen Anne
Use: Residential
Opened: 1888
Borough: Staten Island

This stunning and whimsical Victorian manse was built in what is now the Stapleton Heights Historic District (designated in 2004) by brewery baron George Becthel as a wedding gift for his daughter Anna. Known as the Weiderer House – after Anna’s husband, a Stapleton glass manufacturer – the house has become known as a comfortable home as well as an architectural staple of the neighborhood. Since its opening, only five families have lived in the coveted property.


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