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Superstorm Ellis Island

The Laundry Building

The fully equipped Laundry Hospital Outbuilding played an important role in helping to prevent the spread of contagious disease. Among its many activities it is estimated that at the height of immigration through Ellis Island, 2000 to 3000 pieces of laundry were disinfected and washed daily.

Laundry Equipment

The 60 x 40 foot building was designed in 1899 by U. S. Treasury Department Architect James Knox Taylor and built by New York City builder Atillio Pasquini. The brick building included dormers for the staff, a morgue, autopsy room, discharging and receiving rooms, disinfecting and laundry rooms and a boiler room. The Laundry Hospital Outbuilding, originally known as the Hospital Outbuilding, was built between September 1900 and December 1901 and listed on the National Register in 1966.

In January 2016 we completed the restoration of the historic Hospital Laundry Building — Today participants of our Hard Hat Tours can see the original laundry equipment still in place on the first floor of the building. A portion of the building now serves as leased office space and the education department for our many programs.

We would like to thank everyone who supported this project with a special thank you to The National Park Service, The Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, The New Jersey Historic Trust, The New Jersey Historical Commission, The Grassman Trust, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Phillips Van Huesen and the 1772 Foundation.

To find out how you can donate to our current project, please call us at 973 383 1080. Thank you.

 Restored exterior of the Laundry Building


From 1892 to 1954, over 12 million immigrants entered USA through the portal of Ellis Island in New York Harbor

We are part of America's story

Ellis Island tells the story of the journey of millions of men, women and children from around the world who sought a new future on these shores.

Walking around these buildings we're not just talking about history-visitors are able to touch, feel, and understand in a way that connects them to the past. As we rebuild parts of Ellis Island, we are rebuilding its legacy and revitalizing living landmarks to a world gone by. Save Ellis Island is working to create a destination that echoes the beacon of hope that it once was for nearly twelve million immigrants and continues to be for the nearly two million visitors each year.

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The Save Ellis Island website is made possible by a generous donation from Heidi Liebi Root in memory of her father Fred Liebi