During these early years of operation, 59% of all hospital births
in Manhattan took place in this building. But following the death
of J.P. Morgan in 1913, support for the hospital began to decline.
A perception that the hospital was a Morgan family protectorate
led potential benefactors to turn elsewhere. From that time on,
the existence of the hospital, which was the expression of one
of the great leaps forward in medical care of the 19th century,
was precarious. The last patient was discharged from the Lying In
Hospital on August 6, 1932.
Rutherford Place functioned as a ward of various New York hospitals
until 1984, when Beth Israel Medical Center decided it had no
further use for the building. Orb Development, a firm with extensive
experience in renovating historic properties to a new and productive
use, bought the building and began an ambitious project to create
127 residential floor-through duplex and triplex apartments, retaining the
original 17 foot ceilings.
By working with the State Historic Preservation office, an agency
devoted to preserving the architectural heritage of New York, Orb
restored the exterior of Rutherford Place to its original condition.
Orb also donated an easement of the building's facade to the Landmarks
Conservancy, ensuring that the structure will remain unchanged