Haunting images of abandoned hospital on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island used to treat smallpox patients

With its collapsed ceilings and rotting doors these images show the haunting remains of an abandoned hospital.

The Renwick Ruin on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island in New York, USA, was also known as the Smallpox Hospital.

these images show the haunting remains of The Renwick Ruin

these images show the haunting remains of The Renwick Ruin

It was constructed between 1854 and 1856 and for many years it was New York City’s only such institution.

A century after opening the doors were closed – eventually being designated a New York City Landmark in 1976.

A $4.5m (£2.8m) renovation project is underway to transform the site

A $4.5m (£2.8m) renovation project is underway to transform the site

Now the site is closed off an ongoing $4.5m (£2.8m) renovation project is underway before the ruins open to the public.

Keen snapper Gordon Donovan travelled to the island to capture these stunning snaps.

The abandoned hospital is on Manhattan's Roosevelt Island in New York, USA

The abandoned hospital is on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island in New York, USA

He said: “When the tide goes out on the Queens side of the island you can climb rocks and access the ruins.

“Since 1950s New York City has been slowing gutting the property and building.

“Everything in these photos has slowly been cleaned out leaving the stone exterior walls.

“There are no higher floors – since they all collapsed.

“The scary parts are where sections of the roof are hanging – it’s a very weird feeling.”