Roosevelt Island's spooky ruins saved from extinction
The eerie ruins of Roosevelt Islands Smallpox Hospital have been shored up and saved from total destruction, preservationists announced yesterday.
The ruins of the hospital, designed by James Renwick (who also did St. Patricks Cathedral and Grace Church), recently finished a $4.5 million stabilization after a portion collapsed in December 2007. The 150-year-old structure is the citys only landmarked ruin and will be the centerpiece of a new park, which also broke ground yesterday.
Construction of Roosevelt Islands Southpoint Park launched yesterday, promising to deliver two large lawns, a scenic overlook and gardens along the southernmost part of the island. The nine-acre park is scheduled to be completed in the fall next year.
The grounds will encompass two historic landmarks, the ruins and the Strecker Lab. The Roosevelt Operating Corporation and the Trust for Public Land worked together to preserve the ruins and create the park.
(Photo by The Trust for Public Land's Lisa Anderson Shaffer)