The history and legacy of the Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York City.

 

Located on the southern end of Roosevelt Island, this landmark structure is an icon of New York City. Built in 1854, it was the first major U.S. hospital dedicated to the care of victims of smallpox and also served as one of the city's foremost nursing schools. It is now a ruin standing as a remnant of a forgotten era of New York’s history.

 
 

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Read about the history of the Smallpox Hospital and its renowned architect, James Renwick, Jr.

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