The old generating station at Niagara.
Today’s Classic: Alchemists
1. By Adriaen van Ostade (1661)
2. By David Teniers (c. 1640)
3. By Mattheus van Hellemont (c. 1650)
4. By Cornelis Vega (1663)
5. By Dutch School (17th. Century)
Hellboy and Batman by Mike Mignola
This curved connector hallway joined the two sandstone wards at the H. H. Richardson-designed Buffalo State Hospital, probably the most architecturally rich asylum in America. The curvature was a brilliant forethought - decades after the asylum was built, it was overcrowded, but it was impossible to fill this hallway, which acted as a fire barrier, with patient beds.
As I hit 3,500 followers, I figured I’d repost my favorite corridor in the history of ever.
This strange little portal connected two adjoining patient rooms at the Ellis Island Hospital complex, constructed in 1902 and only used until 1930. Standing about six feet tall, and only about two feet wide, it was the only such passage on the Island. Clearly a retrofit added after the construction of the hospital, the reason for building this oddity is unknown to me, or to any Ellis Island historian I’ve spoken to about it.
Santiago Caruso ~ “The Spectral House”
NAPHULA/27.5x35.5cm (approx 11x14inch) wet plate collodion on black plexiglass/