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.
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.
Repair/replacement work on the roof of the Baggage and Dormitory Building is beginning.
Scaffolding is in place to begin replacing the roof of the Baggage and Dormitory Building.
DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY 2011
As you can see, work is progressing on the stabilization of this historic structure.
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.
Last updated: February 26, 2015