8. Bellevue Hospital Was Already On the Map, Though It Wasn’t Built Yet

Commissioner's Plan 1811-Map-NYC-Library of Congress-009

Bellevue was founded as a quarantine hospital and as such when the city expanded, its first location at City Hall became too close to civilization. With the grid system coming into play, Belle Vue farm was purchased along the East River for almshouse. When this map was submitted in 1811, Belle Vue had just been purchased but the new almshouse building was noted on the map. One of the buildings in the Bellevue complex was designated as a prison in 1814 and in 1826 the hospital was built.