• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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Baggage and Dormitory Building Stabilization

The large structure behind Ellis Island's Main Building is called the Baggage and Dormitory Building. It was built in 1909 to provide desperately-needed space for detained immigrants. Since Ellis Island closed in 1954, the elements have taken their toll on this impressive structure and now it is in desperate need - of stabilization and repair.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a construction project has begun that will stabilize the building until funds are raised to restore it. This stabilization project is scheduled to last nearly two years. While this work should not directly affect visitors' experiences, this is the activity you will see on the other side of the fence from the Immigrant Wall of Honor.

 

DECEMBER 2011

The stabilization of the Baggage and Dormitory Building is complete! This building is not open to the public, but now, the elements are no longer getting in and causing damage.

 
Scaffolding around the Baggage and Dormitory Building roof.

Scaffolding around the Baggage and Dormitory Building roof.

NPS PHOTO - V. SCOTT

FEBRUARY 2011

Repair/replacement work on the roof of the Baggage and Dormitory Building is beginning.

 
Baggage & Dormitory Building scaffolding

Scaffolding around the Baggage and Dormitory Building

NPS PHOTO - V. SCOTT

JANUARY 2011

Scaffolding is in place to begin replacing the roof of the Baggage and Dormitory Building.

 
Baggage and Dormitory Building

The Baggage and Dormitory Building stabilization continues.

NPS PHOTO - V. SCOTT

DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY 2011

As you can see, work is progressing on the stabilization of this historic structure.

 
Baggage and Dormitory Building

Ellis Island Baggage and Dormitory Building

NPS PHOTO - V. SCOTT

NOVEMBER 2010

Stabilization work continues on the Baggage and Dormitory Building. The building was completed in 1909 to house the hundreds of immigrants who were being detained at Ellis Island for legal problems. Later, "enemy aliens" were detained here during World Wars I and II.

Did You Know?

passenger manifest

Since the passage of the "Steerage Act of 1819", passenger manifests have been required for all arriving vessels to be delivered to the U.S. Government and reported to Congress. This document, used for inspection at Ellis Island, has become an important starting point in researching family history.