New Artist Residency Concept Created For Ancient Smallpox Hospital
Seen here is Ellen Ivanits’ depiction of a proposed artist residence and workspace in the historic Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island. Done as her graduate thesis for the Pratt Institute, the renderings by Ivanits are on display in the triple windows of 513 Main Street on Roosevelt Island. The display was organized by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society and may be viewed until August 30. Ivanits was inspired to create this project after seeing the ruins of the hospital one night while driving on the FDR Drive. “I delved into the history [of the structure] and learned about everything I could," Ivanits said. Designed by James Renwick Jr., the architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Smallpox Hospital opened in 1856, with room for 100 patients. For more information on the Roosevelt Island Historical Society and the Smallpox Hospital, visit www.rihs.us.