Ellis Island Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Ellis Island

DATE: 1892-1954

STYLE: Beaux-Arts

Beaux-Arts Ellis Island Manhattan

Designated November 16, 1993

The Ellis Island Historic District was where from 1892 to 1954 over twelve million immigrants entered the United States. The island, which is now twenty-seven-and-a-half-acre, was built between the 1890s and 1930s and is mostly man made. It contains some thirty interconnected structures, mostly in the Beaux-Arts classic style, the buildings were built as immigration facilities.

The main building was linked to a kitchen and laundry building, a powerhouse, a baggage and dormitory building, all on what is now called Island No. 1. The hospital buildings, facing the main building across the ferry slip is on  Island No. 2, were built between 1901 and 1909. The new station opened on December 17, 1900, and on that day processed 2,251 immigrants.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”

Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance

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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site

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“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”

Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension

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“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”

Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society