The Abandoned Ellis Island South Side Hospitals [Photos]

Ellis Island-South Side Hospitals-Abandoned-Clara Daily-019The well-known autopsy amphitheater, with an 8-cadaver refrigerator (in the slideshow below). Photo by Clara Ward.

The abandoned Ellis Island South Side Hospitals were one of our favorite locations we covered last year, as part of our role as Blog Ambassadors for the American Express/National Trust for Historic Preservation Partners in Preservation campaign. At its prime, it was a cutting-edge facility due to its highly skilled staff and the design of the building, which enabled the curing and isolation of infectious diseases, brought over by some of the the 10 to 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island. Not everything was a success, such as the discredited eugenics practices, as explored in a 2007 documentary covered by The New York Times. With tighter immigration policies in the 1920s, the hospital steadily declined and was fully abandoned in 1954.

The organization Save Ellis Island has been battling to save these lesser-known buildings of Ellis Island, with some setbacks from Superstorm Sandy. Clara Daily has taken these remarkable photos of the South Side Hospitals and shared them with Untapped Cities. Read more at Save Ellis Island.

Get in touch with the author @untappedmich. See more from Clara Daly at her website ward9.com.

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4 Responses
  1. All the pictures are nice. But my favourites are the corridors. It looks like part of the south island has been cleaned up and fixed up. I hope it continues. Although I’ve never visited there myself to see it, I have seen lots of photos of the North End.

  2. Awesome pictures! I’ve always wanted to visit Ellis Island. But unlike the most well-known parts of Ellis Island that most people have seen or heard of, the Great Hall, the Immigration Registry building, I’ve always been interested in the lesser known parts of the Island. Thanks for posting the awesome pictures. Are there more pics of the South Side of Ellis Island? That’d be something to see. Thanks.

    • Visit the nonprofit organization that is trying to refurbish the south side – Save Ellis Island at saveellisisland.org for much information and photos.

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