Saint Luke's Hospital was a project of the Episcopal Diocese
built as part of an effort to turn Morningside Heights into an
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.