Meet The Neighbor -Rosaria and Vincenzo Ambrosi

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Rosaria and Vincenzo Ambrosi are Italian by birth and now live in a lovely home overlooking Grapetree Bay.
Rosaria, designed the home and Vincenzo did all the finish work and most of the construction. Vincenzo comes from a long line of builders and started working with his father just after high school.Rosaria came to the states to study architecture at MIT and Vincenzo, years later, arrived from Italy to marry her.

Rosaria worked in NY with prominent architecture firms and for many years with Io Ming Pei on large projects.  Later, she started her own practice and taught at the same time.  In this regard,she had a distinguished career culminating in the deanship of City College school of Architecture  – the first woman dean in the Country. Her love of historic buildings led her to an initiative in Harlem where people could buy brownstones and rehab them. The City provided grants and Rosaria provided the students and her expertise to save many beautiful New York brownstones that would otherwise have fallen victim to the wrecking ball.

Rosaria and Vincenzo did many historic rehab projects together.  Vincenzo is an expert in architectural plaster molding restoration, but unfortunately his talent is not readily applicable in St.Croix.

Vincenzo loves living in small quite places and his dream has always been to live in the Caribbean. They visited many islands but decided on St.Croix for its natural beauty, green hills reminiscent  of Tuscany and sounds of the wind and sea.   They bought land and  built their house in two years made of concrete blocks and a concrete roof. The house has a 75 feet lap pool overlooking the Bay.  They enjoy sunrises and sunsets from their many terraces.
Rosario and Vincenzo have shared their experiences of suppliers and products, locally made, with people building after them.  These days Rosaria keeps busy with  pro bono work for friends and good causes while Vincenzo works on many tile and building projects.

Rosaria has two grown children, one in San Francisco and one in Chicago,both qualified lawyers.
They have 4 grandchildren and they visit as often as possible. The Ambrosis love to visit them in the states were they can soak up the theater and museums they miss in St. Croix.
Even when their travels take them to Europe they are very happy to come back home to St. Croix.