Fordham Hospital

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Fordham Hospital of Fordham, Bronx was operated by the city of New York.

Fordham was the first public hospital of the Bronx, first established in 1892 on Valentine Avenue near Kingsbridge Road, an inconvenient location for its service area.[1] In 1898 it temporarily moved to Aqueduct Avenue and St. James Place.

Its permanent location opened on May 11, 1907, on 4 acres (1.6 ha) northwest of the intersection of Southern Boulevard and Crotona Avenue, adjacent to what was then St. John's College, now Fordham University. Architect of the 1907 building was Raymond F. Almirall.[2] The hospital and university were affiliated at least to the extent of sharing the hospital president, who was also the dean of Fordham's medical school that opened in 1913.[3]

In the mid-1930s the Federal Art Project sponsored interior murals by artists Emily Newton Barto and Elizabeth Deering.

The hospital was closed in July 1976 by decision of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, after extended community protests [4] including a sit-in protest, and demolished soon after. The site is now a parking lot.


  1. ^ History of Medicine in New York: Three Centuries of Medical Progress, Volume 3, by James Joseph Walsh, 1919, page 728
  2. ^ The City Record, Volume 34, Part 5, by New York (N.Y.), page 4528, May 11, 1906
  3. ^ Fordham: A History and Memoir, by Raymond A. Schroth, page 127
  4. ^ "The Ram", Fordham student newspaper, November 19, 1975, page 1

Coordinates: 40°51′33″N 73°52′53″W / 40.85922°N 73.88135°W / 40.85922; -73.88135