In the 103 years since the founding of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, the importance of the medicine practiced there has been celebrated throughout the community and beyond. Alongside its medical acclaim, the hospital has amassed a rich and exciting history that is frequently overlooked.
Every so often, Burke offers community members a chance to discover the story of its beautiful century-old grounds. Those with interest in the hospital’s history should note that on Tuesday, August 14, the hospital will hold a walking tour of the scenic White Plains property.
Hosted by Richard Sgaglio, Ph.D., Burke’s Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Development, the tour will lead visitors around the hospital’s beautiful buildings designed by McKim, Mead & White – the historic architectural firm behind such famed landmarks as the original Penn Station, the iconic Washington Square Park arch, and the north and south wings of the Met. The tour will offer a wealth of fascinating information about the hospital’s history and importance to the health of New Yorkers throughout the 20th century, as well as a plethora of fun facts and urban legends. “Visitors will learn about the founding benefactor of the hospital, John Masterson Burke, and the Gilded Age architecture that peppers the 61-acre property,” says Sgaglio. “The tour offers a rare glimpse into the historical side of the hospital as opposed to the medical.”
The event is free and open to members of the public. Visitors with limited mobility are welcome, and must note mobility level at registration so appropriate accommodations can be made in advance. The tour will begin and end in the lobby of the Billings building and run approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Light refreshments will be served. The tour is only held once a year, so those with interest in history in Westchester and the Hudson Valley are encouraged to attend.
Group size is limited for the tour, so please RSVP by calling (914)-597-2848 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.