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Smallpox Hospital, Roosevelt Island

Smallpox Hospital, Roosevelt Island
Smallpox Hospital, Roosevelt Island

The long-neglected Renwick Ruin, a Roosevelt Island landmark, finally received initial stabilization after a $4.5 million effort funded by Councilmember Jessica Lappin. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this spring to mark the end of this phase of the project.

The ruin, originally a smallpox hospital designed by noted architect James Renwick, will be the centerpiece of a new Southpoint Park on the island. The Conservancy pressured the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation for years to stabilize this important structure and much work remains to be done. Our efforts to fully protect this unique landmark will continue.