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Ellis Island Hospital


Why is this building significant?

Twelve million immigrants came through Ellis Island when it was an active Immigration Station from 1892 to 1954. The south side of the island was home to the largest hospital complex of its day and played a crucial role in treating sick immigrants so they could go on to a new life in the United States.


What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?

We helped generate national and international attention to the site. We conducted surveys of all the hospital buildings, stabilized one as a demonstration, and participated in a national campaign that secured federal money for additional work. We have a board seat on Save Ellis Island (SEI), a non-profit organization charged with stewarding some of the hospital buildings in partnership with the National Park Service. To increase public awareness of the site, the group offers hard-hat tours. We also provided two loans to SEI for work on the island, $120,000 in 2013 and $85,000 in 2016.






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