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Lincoln Recovery Center

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Dilapidating focal point for the political, medical, and community activism

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : Mott Haven
Institution, Social Movements, Healthcare & Wellness

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Written by Jeremy Iannucci and Sarwat Yunus

The Lincoln Recovery Center represents the past, present, and future of community activism; indeed it was a driving force behind creating space and resources for an underserved and politically neglected population. The hospital facility was built in 1931 on this site of a former public school annex, and was designed by William H. Gompert (1875 -1946), then the architect and superintendent of school buildings for the New York City Board of Education. Built under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), this yellow-brick building, then called the Mott Haven Medical Center, was later transformed into the drug rehabilitation branch of the Lincoln Hospital located several blocks to the north. The two main floors, basement level, and terrace level make up 8,500 square feet of space that is currently sitting vacant. Remnants of its past can be seen in the decorative metal plaques bearing...

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Bagchee, Nandini. “Design and Advocacy in South Bronx.” Urban Omnibus.

Barett, Sarah Hayley. “Taking Back the South Bronx.” WNYC News, November 17, 2016.

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, "The Heart of the South Bronx Community Health Needs Assessment," 2013.

Navraez, Alfonso A. “Young Lords Seize Lincoln Hospital Building.” The New York Times, July 15 1970.

Omotossho, Josiah . “Young Lords Recall 1970 Hospital Takeover.” The Bronx Journal, 2015.

Porgiz, Molly. “Lincoln Detox Center: The People’s Drug Program.” The Abolitionist, March 15, 2013.


Jeremy Iannucci and Sarwat Yunus

Nominated through Dr. Marta Gutman’s Race, Space and Architecture course, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, New York, Fall 2017

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