Save Ellis Island (SEI) is a non-profit group that is dedicated to the preservation of the historic hospital buildings on Ellis Island and to engage the public in historic preservation by showcasing the rehabilitation and preservation of an American landmark. NECO has always been proud to work alongside SEI towards our mutual goal of Ellis Island’s preservation. They are a great organization and we are proud of their hard work and success for our beloved island.
When SEI announced that they were doing a ‘Hard Hat Tour’ of the long-abandoned section of Ellis Island which had previously housed the medical and housekeeping areas of the immigration landmark, we knew we had to go along.
The guided 90-minute tours take you to select areas of the Ellis Island Hospital and Laundry Building as well as the kitchen, staff housing, autopsy room and more. While the opportunity to tour these long-closed sections of Ellis would be enticing enough to assure our participation, the tour incorporates “Unframed – Ellis Island,” a series of site-specific artworks by renowned artist JR on display throughout the hospital complex. The exhibit features life size historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants installed on 16 interior walls. Hurry and book your tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event.
The “Hard Hat Tour” is a program developed and administered by Save Ellis Island, Inc. All proceeds from the tour will go to the restoration and preservation of the unrestored historic south side buildings.