Strecker Laboratory

Doors on the Strecker Memorial Laboratory on Roosevelt Island. Strecker Laboratory is east of the Renwick Ruins on Southpoint. Built in 1892, Strecker Memorial Laboratory was designed by Frederick Clarke Withers and built in 1892.

Strecker Laboratory was the first laboratory in the country devoted exclusively to pathological and bacteriological research. Administrated by the Charity Hospital, later called the City Hospital. In 1907, the Russell Sage Institute of Pathology worked there until 1912 when they moved to Weill Cornell Medical in Manhattan and Rockefeller University.

The New York City Transit Authority refurbished the building’s exterior and it now serves as the power conversion station for the E and V subway lines. Roosevelt Island Historical Society » Strecker Memorial Laboratory (

For Thursday Doors February 3, 2022.

14 thoughts on “Strecker Laboratory

  1. Emille 2022-03-03 / 2:10 pm

    Beautiful brick building, and they did a great job of making the blue door a focus of interest. This type of brick work one is commonly seen in Austin, in creme and yellow.


    • Sherry Felix 2022-03-04 / 7:09 am

      In this one they used local granite and brick. I am guessing sandstone in Austin.


  2. Dan Antion 2022-03-03 / 8:23 am

    I love the stone and those wonderful blue doors. Did you visit the island by subway or tram? Is the tram still running?


  3. shoreacres 2022-03-03 / 8:06 am

    With those colors, it’s a bit of the southwest for the east coast.


  4. 1954lspiegel1954 2022-03-03 / 7:31 am

    Interesting history. Thanks for sharing.


  5. conspicari 2022-03-03 / 6:19 am

    Great looking building, love the colours and textures of the brickwork.


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