The Smallpox Hospital, a landmarked building on Roosevelt Island, is slowly crumbling — taking with it an important chapter of the island's history. A portion of the structure's façade collapsed Dec. 26 after years of neglect and exposure to the elements.
Preservationists say 3M needed to save Roosevelt Island Smallpox hospital
The hospital was designed by famed architect James Renwick, who was also responsible for St. Patrick's Cathedral and Grace Church.
Completed in 1856, the building initially served as the city's only hospital for smallpox victims. It was then turned into a nursing school and residence in the 1870s. It was eventually abandoned in the 1950s.
This is the only landmarked ruin in NYC. When LPC designates something, the condition it's in is grandfathered in (at least that is one of the current excuses given to NOT designate buildings). Therefore, it will stay a ruin, as it has for 33 years. And I quote from the 1975 designation report: "it is a romantic and picturesque ruin, evoking memories of the past."
'What a lovely pile of rubble,' they said, over wine and cheese.
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