Plant and Scrymser Pavilions for Private Patients, Saint Luke’s Hospital

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

401 West 113th Street and 400 West 114th Street

ARCHITECT: Ernest Flagg

DATE: 1904-06

STYLE: French Renaissance Revival

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The design by the Beaux-Arts trained Ernest Flagg, a cousin of the wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, chairman of St. Luke’s executive committee, was selected despite Flagg having only started his practice. Flagg’s skillful plan featured nine pavilions arranged symmetrically around a central, domed administrative pavilion, five of which were built in 1893-96. This plan further developed the standard late-nineteenth-century pavilion scheme for American hospitals, an arrangement seen as functional and healthful in providing light and fresh air and isolating germs.

The handsome French Renaissance Revival style buildings were clad in rusticated stone and buff-colored brick, with mansard roofs. The Plant and Scrymser Pavilions, added to the east of the original complex, facing Morningside Park, provided facilities for wealthy private patients, helping to subsidize other hospital programs.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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