Strecker Memorial Laboratory

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Strecker Memorial Laboratory
NYC Landmark
Strecker Memorial Laboratory is located in New York City
Strecker Memorial Laboratory
Location Welfare Island, New York, New York
Coordinates 40°45′9″N 73°57′31″W / 40.75250°N 73.95861°W / 40.75250; -73.95861Coordinates: 40°45′9″N 73°57′31″W / 40.75250°N 73.95861°W / 40.75250; -73.95861
Area less than one acre
Built 1892
Architect Withers & Dickson
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 72000886[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 16, 1972
Designated NYCLPC March 23, 1976[2]

Strecker Memorial Laboratory is an historic building located in Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Built in 1892 to serve as a laboratory for City Hospital, it was "the first institution in the nation for pathological and bacteriological research."[3] The building was designed by architects Frederick Clarke Withers and Walter Dickson in the Romanesque Revival style.[3][4] In 1907, the Russell Sage Institute of Pathology took over the running of the lab.[3] The institute left the lab in the 1950s, and it fell into disrepair.[3]

After renovations in 2010

In 1972, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places,[5] and in 1976 it was designated a New York City landmark.[2] New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority decided to use the structure to house a power conversion substation there to power trains that run underneath Roosevelt Island.[4] The city faithfully restored the building, and the substation has been active since 2000.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Strecker Laboratory". New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Neil Tandon. "Strecker Memorial Laboratory". Roosevelt Island Historical Society. New York Correction History Society. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  4. ^ a b c Judith Berdy (2005-05-23). "Preserving Social History on Roosevelt Island". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  5. ^ "New York - New York County". National Register of Historic Places. United States National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-12-04.