Endangered Buildings Initiative

Samuel R. Smith Infirmary

Samuel R. Smith Infirmary
Samuel R. Smith Infirmary

101 Stanley Ave., Staten Island


The fanciful design of this delightful building was apparently influenced by the design of the Cancer Hospital on Central Park West and 106th Street – a case of one endangered building linked to another. Like the Cancer Hospital, it has seen both reuse and reuse schemes, first when it became an outpatient clinic for the Staten Island Hospital, and then ca. 1988 when it was to become residential condominiums. The plan failed, and the building is now vacant and not well protected.

Despite repeated requests for evaluation, the building has not been heard by the Landmarks Commission.

The AIA Guide says, ‘The Hulk awaits a white knight.’

Neighborhood: Stapleton
Building use type: Public/Government
Condition: Ruinous
Architect/Builder: Alfred E Barlow & B. L. Gilbert
Year built: 1889&1891
Style: Chateau
Predominant materials: Masonry
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