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Lighthouse Hill is a compact neighborhood in the borough of Staten Island in the city of New York. Comprised of only a few streets chiefly Edinboro Road and London Road, as well as Scheffelin Avenue, Meeker Street, Ester Depew Street, Kent Street, Meisner Avenue, Lowell Street, and Manor Court it is one of the smaller neighborhoods in Staten Island, measuring less than one square mile in area. It is bordered to the south by Richmondtown, to the north by Todt Hill, to the east by Grant City, and the west by LaTourette Park and Golf Course. The area used to be known as Richmond Hill. It acquired its present name when the Staten Island Range Light, the titular lighthouse, was built in the neighborhood in 1912. This lighthouse sits 141 feet above sea level, and emits a light that can be seen for 18 miles. It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1968, but it remains in use today as a navigational aid for ships entering the Ambrose Channel in Lower New York Bay. Lighthouse Hill is situated immediately next to the LaTourette Golf Course and Country Club, part of the Staten Island Greenbelt, a massive interconnected series of parks and green spaces running through the center of Staten Island. This immediate proximity to the Greenbelt affords residents many attractions, including nature events that are held all year, organized hikes, and plenty of green space and local flora and fauna. The wildlife present in the Greenbelt is also among the most biologically diverse in New York City. Lighthouse Hill is also home to the Catherine and William Cass House, also known as the Crimson Beech. The only residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in New York City, the Crimson Beech was the first of eleven pre-fab houses manufactured by Marshall Erdman in kit form. It was then shipped and erected to Staten Island in 1959. The home is a long, L-shaped house, with a combined kitchen and family room, sunken living room (with cathedral ceiling), and four bedrooms. It features mahogany-paneled interior walls and a red brick and cream-colored Masonite exterior. While the home has been a landmark building since 1990, it remains under private ownership. The LaTourette House also resides in the neighborhood. Originally built in 1836 in a Federal/Greek Revival style, it now serves as the clubhouse for the LaTourette golf course. A number of notable residents lived in Lighthouse Hill, particularly in LaTourette House. The poet Edward Arlington Robinson (author of the poem Richard Corey) stayed at LaTourette for a time, as did Modernist painter Henry Fitch Taylor and his wife, Clara Sidney Davidge, who organized the first Armory Show in 1913. Lighthouse Hill was also the childhood home to actor and radio personality Arthur Anderson, better known as the voice of the Lucky Charms Leprechaun.

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