Society for the Lying-In Hospital

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Society for the Lying-In Hospital
Lying-in hospital 305 Second Ave with detail.jpg
The building with a detail of a swaddled baby from the facade (2010)
Society for the Lying-In Hospital is located in New York City
Society for the Lying-In Hospital
Society for the Lying-In Hospital is located in New York
Society for the Lying-In Hospital
Society for the Lying-In Hospital is located in the US
Society for the Lying-In Hospital
Location 305 2nd Avenue
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′5″N 73°59′1″W / 40.73472°N 73.98361°W / 40.73472; -73.98361Coordinates: 40°44′5″N 73°59′1″W / 40.73472°N 73.98361°W / 40.73472; -73.98361
Built 1902[2]
Architect R. H. Robertson
Architectural style Renaissance Revival[2]
NRHP reference # 83001746[1]
Added to NRHP September 1, 1983

The Society for the Lying-In Hospital was an American maternity hospital. Now known as Rutherford Place, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

It is situated at 305 Second Avenue between East 17th and 18th Streets in the Stuyvesant Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1902 and designed by architect R. H. Robertson in the Renaissance Revival style, with a Palladian crown at the top. Swaddled babies decorate the spandrels of the building, which was converted to offices and apartments in 1985 by Beyer Blinder Belle.[2]

As the years passed, John Pierpont Morgan, Jr. was concerned about the long-term stability of the hospital his father had so generously provided for. He recruited John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; George F. Baker, Sr.; and George F. Baker, Jr. to join forces in establishing an association with New York Hospital. Upon the subsequent opening of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1932, the Lying-In Hospital moved out of the Second Avenue building. It became the more modern-sounding Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of New York Hospital,[3] which is still part of NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.

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