Saint Luke's Hospital was a project of the Episcopal Diocese built as part of an effort to turn Morningside Heights into an institutional and cultural center. Flagg's extremely free handling of classical forms in this eclectic building recalls the design for Engine Company 33.

The architect successfully monumentalized the everyday functional components of a hospital: vent shafts become heroically scaled chimneys, restrooms are stacked in corner turrets, and a central dome actually shelters an operating theater. Open arcades, light courts and an advanced ventilation system attest to a typical late 19th century concern for hygiene.


Saints Luke's Hospital Amsterdam Wing
113th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, Ernest Flagg [1896]