This entry is an updated version of “Hospitals” from White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts.”
St Agnes Hospital (former)
St. Agnes Hospital (left) that closed in 2003 had its beginnings in 1908. The medical building on the property underwent renovations and the former hospital was repurposed into an assistive living facility (the Bristol). The plans to turn the rest of the complex into a retirement community has yet to happen. A grotto (below) remains near the entrance.
NY Presbyterian Hospital (past and present)
NY Presbyterian Hospital now occupies the buildings and the property where in the 1894 Bloomingdale Hospital opened. Many of the buildings from the original hospital are still in use. The property of the Bloomingdale Hospital used to extend from Westchester Ave to Heatherbloom Rd.
Bloomingdale (Insane) Asylum (1821-1889) in Manhattan bought WP farmland in 1868 and when the NY City location closed, the hospital moved to WP. The hospital got its original name from the section of New York City where the first hospital was located. The road leading from the New York City hospital was also named Bloomingdale and in the 19th century it became part of Broadway. Bloomingdale is Dutch in origin. Bloomingdale Rd in WP was named after the hospital. The hospital’s wrought iron fencing still surrounds the property with NY Hospital (Cornell) signs.
The original hospital grounds were designed by Frederick L. Olmsted Company. The main building dates from 1894 and two of the homes that were on the grounds when the property was purchased are still on the grounds. The hospital’s wrought iron fencing surrounding the property still has NY Hospital (Cornell) signs.
A redeveloped city park at the corner of Bryant and Mamaroneck Ave was once part of the hospital grounds. There are now walking trails and new signage at entrance (see below).
Interestingly, the Bloomingdale’s Department Store located on a section of the hospital’s original property is named for the store’s founders, Joseph and Lyman G. Bloomingdale whose father was Bavarian. The store opened in 1975.
The hospital is located on the grounds that were once apart of Bloomingdale Hospital. Burke is now part of the Montefiore Health System.