Governors Island in Manhattan in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Block House (Governors Island)
The design of this classic and austere Greek Revival building of the early 1840s is attributed to architect Martin E. Thompson. It is called the "Block House" because it was used for a time as a military prison. This stone-trimmed brick structure derives dignity from its well-disciplined scale. Over the years it has served also as headquarters for a general, officers' quarters, and as a hospital. It is now under the jurisdiction of the United States Coast Guard.
Erected 1976 by New York Community Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 40° 41.34′ N, 74° 0.84′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, New York, in New York County. It is on Governors Island. Marker is on Barry Road near Evans Road. The Block House is located on Governors Island, New York. It can be seen from the intersection of Barry and Evans Roads. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governors Island Medical Buildings (here, next to this marker); Evans Road Tower Carillon Chimes (about 300 feet away); St. Cornelius Chapel (about 400 feet away); Maj. General Hanson E. Ely Retirement (about 400 feet away); The South Battery (about 500 feet away); Nolan Park (about 500 feet away); John Peter Zenger (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
Also see . . . Building Governors Island: Building 9, the first Post Hospital. Governors Island Blog entry (Submitted on March 1, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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