From 1892 to 1954, over 12 million immigrants entered the USA through the portal of Ellis Island in New York Harbor
Everybody knows of the Great Hall/Registry Room:
However the remaining 20+ unrestored buildings offer a glimpse into the history of the New York City. These structures include general hospitals, isolation and psychiatric facilities for immigrants needing treatment or isolation:
Donate or sign up for a tour at: http://www.saveellisisland.org/visit/
From saveellisisland.org website:
Covered corridors connected the main hospital building to infectious disease wards, kitchens, laundries and recreation facilities for patients and staff. As of today, 29 buildings are currently closed waiting to be restored and re-opened. These buildings – the empty wards, the subdued operating rooms, the quiet staff housing and the eerie morgue of the largest United States Public Health Service Hospital at the time – stand empty, awaiting restoration and new purpose. After nearly 60 years the hospital complex has been opened for special tours. Join a guided 90 minute tour that will take you through different areas of the 750 bed Ellis Island hospital.
Views from an Ellis Island hard hat tour brought to you by Matthew Jenkins.