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  • Collection: Bloomingdale Asylum

Idealized picture of the Bloomingdale Asylum's main building painted and then engraved for the New York Mirror. Note the deer in the foreground and the glimpse of the Hudson River in the background.

Photograph of the Bloomingdale chapel, from a montage of Bloomingdale images in King's Handbook of New York.

Photograph of the Entrance drive of the Bloomingdale, on the way from the Gatehouse to the Main Building, with a glimpse of the grounds.

Postcard of the Columbia campus ca. 1903. The newly opened 116th Street is visible, as is a fragment of the panoramic view of the Hudson. Low Library, standing on the site of the old main Bloomingdale building with some remaining Bloomingdale…

Portrait of Cornelius Bliss, a leading retail merchant, Republican party officer, and a governor of New York Hospital as well as its treasurer in 1888.

Photograph of Dwight H. Olmstead, lawyer and real estate investor who led the fight to remove the Bloomingdale Asylum from Morningside Heights as a nuisance, obstacle to progress, and depressor of real estate values. (Image a frontispiece taken from…

Portrait of Ellbridge Gerry, member of the Board of Governors of New York Hospital, who played a key role in organizing support for the Asylum during the attempt of real estate interests to dislodge it between 1886 and 1889.

Drawing of the floor plan of the Men's Lodge at Bloomingdale, where violent and "noisy" patients were kept, drawn by New York Tribune reporter Julius Chambers with a pin on a sheet of paper and stored in his shoe during his confinement as a feigned…

Portrait of Hermann Cammann, member of the Board of Govenors of New York Hospital, real estate man,chief negotiator for the sale of the Bloomingdale property, and later, trustee of Columbia University

Illustration of the main building of the Bloomingdale Asylum from 1835. Note the dense stand of surrounding trees as well as the oval drive in front.
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