The Smallpox Hospital, History in the Solitude of Winter


In the solitude of late winter, Roosevelt Island’s historic Smallpox Hospital exposes its graceful isolation, without leafy trees or tourists intervening.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Stark elegance obscures its grim mission, but not so much in winter when the Smallpox Hospital must once have stirred dread among the stricken.

The Renwick designed Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, late winter 2022. ©David Stone/The Roosevelt Island Daily

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