New York City Farm Colony – Seaview Hospital Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Brielle Ave

ARCHITECT: Raymond F. Almirall

DATE: 1913-38

STYLE: Dutch Colonial, Spanish Mission

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Designated March 26, 1985

Begun in 1902 on the site of the former Richmond County Poor Farm, the New York City Farm Colony centered on the idea of sheltering and feeding the able-bodied poor in exchange for labor. Its gambrel-roofed, fieldstone buildings evoke the Dutch Colonial Revival style.

The Seaview Hospital complex, built between 1913 and 1938, was once the nation’s largest and most expensive municipal tuberculosis treatment facility. Its earliest buildings were designed by Raymond F. Almirall in the Spanish Mission style that maximized fresh air and sunlight, two of the only treatments then available for the disease.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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