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Lying-In Hospital, New York City


305 Second Avenue, New York, NY.

The hospital where I was born no longer exists as such but has an interesting history. When I entered the world it was still functioning as a birthing hospital, and in fact the facade gives a clue to its former function.


Notice the babies above the doorway.


These tondos grace the entrance and also appear between the rows of windows above the 5th floor.

The tondos were modeled after those that adorn the building that launched Renaissance architecture and saved many abandoned children, Brunelleschi's Spedale degli innocenti, also known as "I figli di nessuno" (the children of no-one).



This stroll down memory lane was brought to mind by an image over at Teresa Burritt's Frog Blog.


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dhlawrence
Jan. 12th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Fantastic architecture.

There's a Medical Arts building undergoing an apartment conversion across from my workplace. It has Caduceus emblems on either side of the main doors. Not quite as elegant as your birthplace though.
phantomdiver
Jan. 13th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
How did the tondos save abandoned kids? Were they a mark of where one could safely deposit a baby one couldn't keep, like the signs on firehouses today?
ccdesan
Jan. 13th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
It was the hospital that saved kids, not the tondos, you blistering simpleton!

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phantomdiver
Jan. 13th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I was just wondering how they worked, you insultingly fatuous goofball!
ccdesan
Jan. 13th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Haha! I think it was like the bloody rags that became a barber pole type of thing...
phantomdiver
Jan. 13th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Those were bloody rags? See, it looks like a two-year-old. Children of that age are rarely surrounded by bloody rags. (Don't know if you knew that.)
phantomdiver
Jan. 13th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
I mean how the tondos/tondi worked. ::sigh:: Some people deliberately misunderstand other people to their discredit. Naming no names, but some people's initials are the same as Catholic and Christian Doctrine.

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