24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011-8604
Telephone: (212) 998-8739
Fax: (212) 995-4012
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, home of the Department of Italian Studies at New York University, was born thanks to a generous and handsome donation from the Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò.
The donation consisted of the purchase and complete restoration of the 19th century household–whose architecture is very characteristic of Greenwich Village–situated at 24 West 12th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, a few blocks from Washington Square.
The Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò was inaugurated on November 13, 1990, after two years of fervent construction and restoration work. From that point on, it has never ceased to be at the height of expectations and the hopes that were expressed at the moment of its founding, above all, providing an autonomous and appropriate seat for the Department of Italian, which was previously joined with the Department of French. This has allowed a profound development in Italian Studies. The teaching staff was enlarged and diversified, progressively including experts in all periods of Italian literature, along with other related disciplines: from political theory to cinema to the history of science to the figurative arts.
In 1998, the direction of the Casa was passed to Professor Stefano Albertini. Thanks to his commitment and his profound interest in Italian and other international cultures, the Casa has become a privileged center for cultural discussion and promotion for the entire city of New York.