9. The Buildings Have Beautiful Terra Cotta Murals from Delft, Holland

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The top of the patient pavilions feature beautiful terra cotta murals depicting doctors, nurses, and patients, imported from Delft, Holland, made in the De Porceleyne Fles foundry. According to Staten Island Live, “the technique used to create the tiles at Sea View Hospital was known as sectile, which was first introduced at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair and was only used by the foundry in Delft between 1900 and 1910. The tiles created for Sea View were among the last made using this technique.” Several of the murals were saved and are on display in the lobby of the Robitzek Building.