The Dudley Memorial Building

At first glance, the building at 110 Amity Street looks as though it might be a grand residence. But upon closer inspection, the brick and limestone structure reveals broken, boarded up windows, a slew of paper notices taped to the front door and a dusty-looking “for sale” sign.

Two names appear above the entrance: The Dudley Memorial, which is carved into the facade, and, painted directly below, The Long Island College Hospital Stanley S. Lamm Institute for Developmental Disabilities. So, what’s the story here?

This empty structure at the corner of Amity and Henry Streets was built in 1902 in memory of Dr. William Dudley, one of the founders of nearby Long Island College Hospital, which is now celebrating its 150th anniversary. Designed by Charles Hough, for five years it served as a private pavilion for the hospitals patients, then became a residence for its nurses.

Later, the building housed the Stanley S. Lamm Institute, a facility for the comprehensive care of the developmentally disabled. Several years ago the Lamm Institute’s programs were moved to other locations and the stately-looking building has been vacant ever since.

Most recently, a developer proposed a plan which included the construction of a rooftop bulkhead and six townhouses in the rear. A combination of community opposition and fallen real estate values has resulted in any plans being delayed indefinitely.

The view from Amity Street

At the corner of Amity and Henry Streets

The names above the door

For sale sign

Notices taped to the door

A broken window

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: LICH Consolidation and Buildings’ Fates
Opposition to 110 Amity Plans Grows
The Long Island College Hospital

7 Responses to The Dudley Memorial Building

  1. Olivier says:

    j’espère que l’on redonnera vie a cet immeuble, j’aime bien cette architecture.
    I hope that they will give again life has this building, I like this architecture well.


  2. Matthew says:

    It’s a sweet little building. I live on the block, so I pass it daily. Pity it’s going unused. The L-shaped space behind it is growing weeds and an old car these days. Semi-feral cats live there, and snails.

    C’est un petit bâtiment doux. Je lui passe le journal. Pitié il n’est pas inutilisé. L’espace en forme de L derrière lui élève des herbes et une vieille voiture de nos jours. les chats Semi-sauvages vivent là, et des escargots.


  3. mike says:

    I love the building design.


  4. Michael says:

    I used to live on 141 Amity Street in the 1950’s and 60’s. I used to see the nurses go in and out of that building and I remember my cousin hanging out near the corner with his buddies singing doo-woop songs through the night in leather jackets, T-Shirts and Bobby Sox’s… This building is embedded in my memory forever… BTW for all who claim the exclusivity of the area now… The rent at 141 Amity was $45.00 per month… we had 5 bedrooms in that palace and everyone in that neighborhood worked hard and earned honest pay for a living…. I wonder where Richie went?


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