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Abandoned Sea View Hospital-Buildings-Staten Island-NYC-034One of several abandoned patient pavilions at Sea View Hospital

We’ve previously taken you inside the abandoned tunnels and the old Children’s Hospital within Sea View Hospital on Staten Island, but what’s truly fascinating is that abandoned buildings dot the entire complex. They stand side by side with more modern buildings and historical ones that have been repurposed for new uses. In fact, the entire area is a historic district, which includes the Staten Island Farm Colony across the street.

Sea View Hospital was once the pride of the city’s health care system, built at great cost to combat tuberculosis. In fact, it was the most expensive city-owned health care facility. The buildings and layout were the work of Raymond F. Almirall, a New York City architect responsible for other notable municipal and institutional buildings, including the former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank Building on Chambers Street. 

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The patient pavilions were divided by gender, connected underground by tunnels and linked by an octagonal kitchen, which also sits abandoned today.

Remains of the octagonal kitchen 

The top of the patient pavilions feature beautiful terra cotta murals imported from Delft, Holland:

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The Sea View property is still managed by the city, which undertook renovations of the nurse’s quarters – now Park Lane at Sea View, a senior living facility run by Domain Companies.

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The abandoned Children’s Hospital is a popular destination for film location shoots, the last of the tuberculosis buildings to be built (in 1935-37):

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The former power plant is filled with asbestos and will require significant abatement even before either a demolition or rehabilitation can take place:

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In 1917, two rings of open-air pavilions were added for ambulatory patients. Most of those in the women’s ring, located just south of the former nurse’s residence still stand and one of these pavilions has been renovated. Green terra cotta roof from another structure was relocated from a twin structure.

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Other buildings have been repurposed for other uses, including the City Mission Chapel, formerly the Chapel of St. Luke, the Physician, which is now the Sea View Playwright’s Theatre:

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The Pathology Laboratory is the offices of the Staten Island Ballet:

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The former Dining Hall, Kitchen, Service and Bakery Building from 1914 is now the Camelot, a counseling and living recovery program for young men battling substance abuse:

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In addition, the surgical pavilion has been converted into a museum and the renovation of a small house has accompanied the construction of The Brielle, a new assisted living facility on the Sea View property:

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Join us for an exclusive look inside the abandoned portions of Sea View hospital with us and NYCEDC on an upcoming Behind the Scenes NYC tour:

Next, take a look at the abandoned tunnels within Sea View and see our exploration of the Farm Colony, just across the street.

3 Comments

  1. Mark Bender says:

    In the early 1940’s my father had Tuberculosis. My mom told of her trips to Seaview Hospital to visit him. She never described the hospital, and in my younger years had not thought to ask her. All she would do is mention the arduous trip, taking a bus to the train,and then a ferry to Staten Island where she then got on another bus to take her to the destination. After leaving my dad, she had a detour on the way home though…she went to visit my sister who was in another hospital recovering from burns after being ignited by the kitchen stove. The visits to my sister went on for months, and when my father found out about my sister’s hospitalization, he checked himself out of the hospital. Doctor’s said he would die, but my mom’s determination to keep him alive worked and he went on to be mentioned in medical books as a near “miracle”. Thanks for the glimpse into the past, I am glad to now have images to go with the story.
    Mark Bender

    • michelle young says:

      Thank you for sharing your story Mark! It’s always great to hear from people who had first hand, or second hand experience to a different time period in NYC’s history.

  2. Bradley Laing says:

    I keep expecting to see the character “two face” standing in the doorway of the patient pavilion, flipping a coin.

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