Roosevelt Hospital, William J. Syms Operating Theater

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

400 West 59th Street

ARCHITECT: W. Wheeler Smith  

DATE: 1890-92

STYLE: Hospital

Hospital Manhattan Upper West Side

The William J. Syms Operating Theater, built 1890-1892, was the most advanced operating theater in the world when it opened and one of the first equipped for aseptic surgery. The result of a collaboration of the architect William Wheeler Smith and the prominent American surgeon Charles McBurney, the building represented the attempt in the 19th century to reconcile architecture with technological advances.

The appearance of the building, subtle and simple in detail but striking in its massing, especially in the form of its semi-conical roof, is expressive of the unusual functional demands of the building, an effort to harmonize the design with the other Roosevelt Hospital buildings, and the well-developed personal style of the architect for medical buildings.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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