10 Abandoned New York Psychiatric Hospitals
Will Ellis, as the author of the Abandoned NYC, has been written that there are 10 abandoned New York Psychiatric Hospitals. Here are the 10 abandoned New York mental hospitals by Will Ellis:
- North Brother Island
Based on Will Elis’ review, this hospital has a mythical status. This status is rising since the urban explorers were having difficulty in accessing it. Will Ellis and her friend, Christopher Payne, succeed in discovering the Rikers Island, of course legally. They had permission from the NYC Parks Department.
- Staten Island Farm Colony
Stated in the book, this place was related to societies unwanted. It was built in the colonial era, in the 19th century, as the witness of construction developments of poor, infirm, developmentally disabled and mentally ill. Before the dormitory built like today, the Farm Colony stayed at this place.
- Roosevelt Island Smallpox Castle
This building was originally designed by James Renwick Jr. This building was completed in 1856 by using a Gothic-revival style. This hospital had been operated for 19 years until 1875. There were 7,000 patients treated and it was closed in 1875 because the hospital was relocated to North Brother Island.
The closing was an impact on Blackwell’s Island had become too populated. Thus, this building was converted into a nurse dormitory. Then, in 1950s, the original of smallpox hospital was abandoned.
- Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Queens
This building was constructed in 1912 in Queens Village and placing as the Farm Colony of Brooklyn State Hospital. This psychiatric center was a place for casting-out mentally ill, but today, it houses for pigeon only.
- Bayley Seton Hospital
This hospital sits on a 20-acre campus in Stapleton, North Shore of Staten Island. Unfortunately, eight buildings from those twelve buildings lie abandoned. The largest building is the old Nurse’s Residence at its Southeast corner.
It was a historic colonnaded structure built in 1830s. The aim of this building was to serve ailing retired naval and merchant sailors. It was famous as “the Seamen’s Retreat.”
- Fort Totten Army Hospital
This building sits on a far-flung peninsula of the Long Island Sound. This building has been changed into a public park over 100 historic buildings over 200 years of history. Unfortunately, many buildings of this hospital were collapsed.
- Seaview Hospital
This hospital was firstly the largest tuberculosis sanatorium in the country, but now it is listed as the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and also the Historic District of New York City landmark. Its historic district was developed next to Staten Island Farm Colony of 37 buildings.
Today, several organizations returned to operate the ground, for example a rehab center, volunteer firefighting organization, and volunteer ambulance service. It was designed by Raymond F. Admiral.
- Smith Infirmary, Staten Island
The name of this building is taken from a doctor’s name. He was a doctor who dedicated his life to treating the poor. This doctor was Samuel R. Smith. This hospital was founded in 1963 as the first of the borough’s private hospital.
- And 10. Hoffman and Swinburne Islands
Both were constructed from landfill in the 1870s. It was designed as quarantine stations for arriving immigrants who were found to be suffering from contagious disease.
Those are ten abandoned New York Psychiatric Hospitals that will always be historical buildings in New York. You can find the history of those buildings in the Will Ellis’ book.