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.