Society for the Lying-In Hospital

The Society for the Lying-In Hospital was an American maternity hospital situated at 305 Second Avenue between East 17th and 18th Streets in the Stuyvesant Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Now known as Rutherford Place, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Lying-in is an archaic term for childbirth (referring to the month-long bed rest prescribed for postpartum confinement).

Society for the Lying-In Hospital
The building with a detail of a swaddled baby from the facade (2010)
Society for the Lying-In Hospital is located in New York City
Society for the Lying-In Hospital
Society for the Lying-In Hospital is located in New York
Society for the Lying-In Hospital
Society for the Lying-In Hospital is located in the United States
Society for the Lying-In Hospital
Location305 2nd Avenue
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°44′5″N 73°59′1″W / 40.73472°N 73.98361°W / 40.73472; -73.98361
ArchitectR. H. Robertson
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival[2]
NRHP reference No.83001746[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 1, 1983

It was built in 1902 and designed by architect R. H. Robertson in the Renaissance Revival style, with a Palladian crown at the top. Swaddled babies decorate the windows of the 5th floor and the spandrels of the building, which was converted to offices and apartments in 1985 by Beyer Blinder Belle.[2]

As the years passed, John Pierpont Morgan Jr. was concerned about the long-term stability of the hospital his father had so generously provided for. He recruited John D. Rockefeller Jr.; George F. Baker, Sr.; and George F. Baker Jr. to join forces in establishing an association with New York Hospital. Upon the subsequent opening of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1932, the Lying-In Hospital moved out of the Second Avenue building. It became the more modern-sounding Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of New York Hospital,[3] which is still part of NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.

This hospital was "said to account for 60 percent of all births in Manhattan."[4] Some of their staff did medical research.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5., p.210
  3. ^ "Lying-In Hospital of the City of New York". Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Archived from the original on 2016-07-21. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  4. ^ Nadine Brozan (January 22, 2006). "A Chance to Return to Your Roots". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "GROW HUMAN TISSUE OUTSIDE THE BODY; Two Lying-In Hospital Physicians Succeed Where Others Had Failed". The New York Times. June 3, 1914.

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