Photo Study:
ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRANT HOSPITAL

The Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital was the first public health hospital in the United States, opening in 1902 and operating until 1930. The facility included both a general hospital and a section reserved for patients with contagious diseases. Immigrants directed to the hospital would eventually either be released to continue into the United States, or would be sent back to their country of origin.

Today, the hospital is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Efforts to stabilize and restore the hospital buildings are being led by the group Save Ellis Island.

In 2016, I had the opportunity to be part of an extensive hard hat tour of the complex and take a number of photos. Although it was a beautiful day outside, the abandoned interiors felt sad and empty, even spooky at times...but also very moving when you think about how many thousands of immigrants and refugees passed through these buildings on their way to better lives.