Stuyvesant Polyclinic (formerly The German Dispensary)

137 2nd Ave.
New York
NY 10003

Stuyvesant Polyclinic (formerly The German Dispensary)

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Stuyvesant Polyclinic, known as the Deutsches Dispensary until World War I, was built in conjunction with the adjacent Ottendorfer Library by Oswald Ottendorfer and his wife Anna, publishers of the German-language newspaper Staats-Zeitung, in an effort to improve the standard of living and ease the transition of the 150,000 German immigrants who called the neighborhood, then known as Kleindeutschland (Little Germany), home.

Designed by German-born architect William Schickel, the Italian Reniassance-inspired structure is among the first buildings in New York to display extensive ornamental cotta, including busts of important figures in the history of medicine.

The Deutsches (German Dispensary) was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1976.



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