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In the News: A Renovated Cancer Hospital Chapel


Cynthia and Dan Lufkin turned the chapel of New York City's first cancer hospital — New York Cancer Hospital, built in the 1880s — into a three-level Manhattan apartment. The hospital had been in a state of disrepair for 25 years, with "rats, holes in the roof, dust, a wooden ceiling that was falling apart, missing windows, [and] plaster walls that had rotted away to the bricks." Instead of trying to recreate all of the original architectural details, they "tried to preserve a feeling of its history." What that resulted in was a vaulted wood ceiling mimicking one in an old photo of the place, period hanging globe lamps, a new spiral staircase and Gothic-style fireplace, and stenciled plaster walls actually inspired "by a medieval tapestry in a 19th-century British abbey," not original to the house. To see an interior shot of the house, and find out some more interesting details about this couple's story,

Actually, before the renovation of this chapel was complete, Cynthia Lufkin found herself battling breast cancer. While the images of the house alone stand to impress, this detail makes it much more of an inspiring coup than it seems at face value.
Be sure to check out more photos and read The New York Times story here. And, read some of our other posts on converted chapels here and here.
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thisisvee thisisvee 9 years
I live on the next block to this. The building is beautiful on the outside. I've always wanted to peek inside. It's right next to Central Park, so it's a great sight to see from a park bench. I've heard rumors that before it was a cancer hospital, it was a haunted mental institution.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love this!!
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 9 years
It's a lovely example of HH Richardson architecture.
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
I can't believe that something that beautiful could have fallen into disrepair - and look at the gross box building behind it. Totally in love.
moss1080 moss1080 9 years
Gorgeous. Is this space all for one couple?
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
*looked I just saw the windows; GORGEOUS!
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 9 years
Wow - they did an absolutely fantastic job of renovating yet still keeping the "historical feel" they were going for. Love conversions like this!
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
At the risk of sounding cheesy, this truly looks like a place where people can feel comfortable and heal, as opposed to the 'air conditioner' look of other hospitals. It's fantastic!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Love the windows!
to_enthrall to_enthrall 9 years
beautiful!
megafie megafie 9 years
what a great space!
king's-queen king's-queen 9 years
Amazing windows! How cool.
amh678 amh678 9 years
WOW! It's beautiful!
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