Autopsy of Architecture

Stories Behind the Nation's Historic Buildings & Structures

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Cornish Estate

Photo © 2016 David Bulit, Cornish Estate - Cold Springs, New York

Built by Sigmund Stern in the early 1910s, his estate near Cold Spring, New York included the mansion, a garage, swimming pool, gardens, and other outbuildings. Just a few years after its construction, and after the death of his wife, Stern sold the estate to newlyweds Edward and Selina Cornish. Though they referred to their

Rockland State Hospital

Photo © 2020 David Bulit, Rockland State Hospital - Orangeburg, New York

Built on over 600-acres of land with over 5,000 beds, Rockland State Hospital included its own coal power plant, a farm, and industrial shops where patients worked manufacturing various things like furniture and household products. At the time, it was thought that through hard work and manual labor that one could overcome their mental illness.

Letchworth Village

Photo © 2016 David Bulit, Letchworth Village - Thiells, New York

William Pryor Letchworth was born in Brownville, New York on May 26, 1823, the fourth of eight children born to Josiah and Ann Hance Letchworth. Raised as a Quaker, Letchworth learned the values of hard work, charity, and development of the intellect from his family. At age 15, he was hired as a clerk at

Peninsula General Hospital

Photo © 2016 David Bulit, Peninsula General Hospital - Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York

First founded in 1908, Peninsula General Hospital was a 173-bed acute care community teaching hospital, along with a 200-bed long-term care and rehabilitation center, serving the communities of the Rockaways, the Five Towns of Nassau County and parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Peninsula General Hospital later absorbed Rockaway Beach Hospital located at 152 Beach 85th