Seaview Hospital

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Seaview Hospital
Seaview Hospital 16 (4086945651).jpg
2009
Seaview Hospital is located in New York City
Seaview Hospital
Location 460 Brielle Ave., Staten Island, New York
Coordinates 40°35′30″N 74°7′58″W / 40.59167°N 74.13278°W / 40.59167; -74.13278Coordinates: 40°35′30″N 74°7′58″W / 40.59167°N 74.13278°W / 40.59167; -74.13278
Area 98 acres (40 ha)
Built 1905
Architect Almirall, Raymond F.; et.al.
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 05000992[1]
Added to NRHP September 7, 2005

Seaview Hospital was a historic tuberculosis sanatorium, now a national historic district located at Willowbrook on Staten Island, New York. The complex was planned and built between 1905 and 1938 and was the largest and most costly municipal facility for the treatment of tuberculosis of its date in the United States.

Historic district[edit]

The historic district encompasses 37 contributing buildings and one contributing site. The main buildings are located along a north-south axis along Brielle Avenue and many are in the Colonial Revival or Tudor Revival style. The north group of buildings include

  • Administration Building (1913)
  • Surgical Pavilion (1913)
  • Nurses Residence (1913, addition 1932)
  • Staff House (1913)
  • Power House / Laundry and Ambulance Complex (1912, addition 1935)
  • Kitchen and Dining Hall Group (1912)
  • Women's Pavilions (1909-1911)

Sanatorium additions include

  • Auditorium or "New Dining Hall" (1917, now known as Colony Hall)
  • Group Building (1917)
  • Men's and Women's Open Air Pavilions (1917)

Later buildings include the Catholic Chapel and Rectory (1928)

  • City Mission Chapel or Chapel of St. Luke the Physician (1934)
  • Pathology Lab (1927-1928)
  • Children's Hospital (1935-1937)
  • Sputum House (1911 / 1932)
  • Richmond County Isolation Hospital (1928)[2]

It was designated, with its grounds, a City Landmark in 1985 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]

Current usage[edit]

After many years of being shuttered and empty, the Seaview Hospital has slowly opened its doors again to care for the community with a rehabilitation center, nursing home, volunteer fire company and Volunteer Ambulance Service.


  • At the site of the former Seaview Hospital, today the Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center & Home operates a long term care facility. The facility houses the first Long Term Care Brain Injury rehabilitation center in the Downstate area. The Facility is run by the Health and Hospital Corporation and patrol by HHC Police Officers. [3]
  • A small volunteer fire company called Metropolitan Fire Association ("Metro Fire") is located on the grounds of the SeaView complex. Metro Fire volunteer firefighters use a Seagrave pumper truck, a Mack pumper truck, and a Ford van to respond to incidents in the historic SeaView Farm colony. Metro Fire also maintain an fire explorer post which teaches children under 18 about firefighting and EMS careers.
  • Volunteer Heart Ambulance Company is headquartered in the Seaview complex. Volunteer heart ambulance provides volunteer Basic Life Support Emergency Medical Care to the seaview complex and the surrounding community

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