Strecker Memorial Laboratory

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Strecker Memorial Laboratory
NYC Landmark
Welfare Island, Strecker Memorial Laboratory, New York (New York County, New York).jpg
Strecker Memorial Laboratory is located in New York City
Strecker Memorial Laboratory
Location Roosevelt Island, New York, New York
Coordinates 40°45′8″N 73°57′29″W / 40.75222°N 73.95806°W / 40.75222; -73.95806Coordinates: 40°45′8″N 73°57′29″W / 40.75222°N 73.95806°W / 40.75222; -73.95806
Area less than one acre
Built 1892
Architect Withers & Dickson
NRHP Reference # 72000886[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 16, 1972
Designated NYCLPC March 23, 1976[2]

Strecker Memorial Laboratory is a 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. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Strecker Laboratory" (PDF). 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.