The National Park Service has launched a virtual tour of Ellis Island's south side, where some of the landmark's so-called "seldom seen spaces" are located. The website includes more than 40 interactive spherical photographs in stunning clarity, covering buildings, landscapes, and other spaces rarely, if ever, seen by the public, including the abandoned hospitals. Though the highlight is the south side of Ellis Island, the tour starts in front of the Great Hall, with its Guastavino tile ceiling.
Ellis Island was the nation's busiest immigration inspection station from 1892 to 1954. The virtual tour was produced by the Historic American Buildings Survey, a division of the National Park Service Heritage Documentation Program. The tour was launched to celebrate the 49th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act, which is credited with helping save Ellis Island. It also coincides with next year's centennial of the Park Service itself.
· Ellis Island Virtual Tour [Official]
· Tour Ellis Island's Creepy Abandoned Hospital, If You Dare [Curbed]
· How One Family Dominated Fin-de-Siècle NYC Architecture [Curbed]
· All Ellis Island coverage [Curbed]