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Sea View Home & Hospital and NYC Farm Colony

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Beautiful but deteriorating former tuberculosis treatment facility

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Borough : Staten Island
Neighborhood : Todt Hill
Institution, What New Yorkers Find Beautiful, Healthcare & Wellness

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New York City Farm Colony - Seaview Hospital Historic District

Dozens of buildings, landmarked for it's reflection of "the turn-of the century commitment made by the City of New York to improve the quality of both the social and health-care services received by members of its dependent community." Once believed to be exemplary of New York City's best early 20th century design for institutions of social causes.

Seaview Hospital

Seaview Hospital, opened in 1913 as one of the first municipal tuberculosis treatment center in the United States, on 400 acres of lush woodland in Todt HIll, Staten Island. It comprised of eight men and women's wards, a powerhouse, staff house, surgical pavilion, an administration building, cafeteria, and some nurses homes. The size of the hospital is said to have been a mirror of the enormous responsibility to treat and find a cure for tuberculosis, "the white plague." And it was...

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. "New York City Farm Colony - Seaview Hospital Historic District Designation Report." Prepared by Shirley Zavin, ed. by Marjorie Pearson.

Davis, Linda S. "Neglect, Lack of Funds Damage NYC Landmark." Wall Street Journal. 2004. Web. Jul 13, 2012.

Nickel, Jr., Richard. "Brian Lehrer Follow-Up - Seaview Hospital." The Kingston Lounge. June 18, 2008. Web. Jul 18, 2012.

Gray, Christopher. "Streetscapes: The Farm Colony; 'Historic' or Not, It's a Jungle in There." New York Times. Sep 22, 1991. Web. Jul 18, 2012.


Janet Vetter

In its day, Seaview was the largest TB treatment facility in this country, I believe. Built in the early 20th century, most of the magnificent buildings, some with copper roofs, have been allowed to drop to bits from neglect, but still retain a haunting beauty. One in particular breaks my heart, with its intriguing, almost fanciful, architecture and unique, nearly-life-size terracotta murals (made in the Netherlands). One mural shows doctors and nurses of the day and their patients. The terracotta murals are an amazing window into the early 20th century. If you get close enough to look in the actual windows, all the old equipment is still there.

Go and look at it, see the beauty before it's completely gone. Also, notice the copper roof and the veranda on the building to which they are attached. And the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The Farm Colony across Brielle Avenue was for the indigent, but the buildings (at least one of which has been demolished and another is being allowed to decay) were beautiful.

There has been talk of demolishing another building on the Farm Colony side, and of development on the Seaview side.

At the very least, visit one of the Web sites with photos of it, such as:

(August 2006)

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