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Ellis Island's Unrestored Hospital Complex
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Ellis Island's southern two sections comprise over 25 buildings that once served as a medical treatment center and hospital for arriving immigrants.  Abandoned in 1954 when the US government declared Ellis Island as "excess federal property," the hospital complex was not included in the monumental 1990 restoration of the main registry buildings that gave us the Ellis Island Immigration Museum we know today.

With the exception of the first and last aerial photos of Ellis Island, I took all the photos in this slide show in July, 2009 when I went behind the scenes courtesy of Save Ellis Island. If you have any questions about the photos, please email me at info@gailcornell.com

Today the extensive hospital complex has been stabilized; restoration plans are in place.  However, it is a huge task just to maintain the property as is, much less take the next step.  Fund raising is being conducted through Save Ellis Island.  In addition to personal donations from people like you and me, generous grants from local, state and federal agencies also provide funding. 

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