Jan 23, 2010

The Polhemus Memorial Clinic

The Polhemus Memorial Clinic, designed by Marshall Emery in 1897 in Cobble Hill as part of the Long Island College Hospital. The building was paid for by Caroline Herriman Polhemus in memory of her husband Henry Ditmas Polhemus, Regent of LICH from 1872 until he died in 1895.

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Anonymous said...

This astonishing building was a historic first in several different ways. Its Wikipedia page is bigger than the Hospital's own. Its exterior was landmarked by the 1990s, but its future was thrown into doubt when the Hospital decided to sell it to avoid bankruptcy in 2008. Courts and government intervened, and the Hospital ended up a branch of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The original operating room amphitheaters and the skylit top floor for surgery and anatomy study, at least, are presumably gone for good.