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Leake and Watts Orphan House

This exhibit explores the history of the Leake and Watts Orphan House, or Asylum, which was located in Morningside Heights from 1843 to 1891 on the site where the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and its affiliated buildings stand today. The preservation of the Orphan House grounds as largely open land insured that a significant portion of the neighborhood would remain undeveloped until the end of the 19th century, and made possible the development of the area as an academic and religious center.


Mary Cargill, Laurence Crohem, Ian Beilin