NY-NJ Ellis Island
A summer's day landscape view of Ellis Island in upper New York harbor with blue, cloud filled skies. The first Ellis Isalnd immigrant station was opened in 1892. I n1897 a fire destroyed the wooden facility and most of the immigration records dating back to 1855 were destroyed. THe current red brick building, built in French Renaissance Revival style opened in 1900. The island complex with the main building, laundry facilities, and hospital was the nation's busiest immigrant station with over 12 million immigrants to the United States processed from 1892 until 1954. Now managed by the National Park Service, the south side of the facility has been closed to the public for many years for renovation work. Heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy, the entire island was closed until repairs could be made. Today, the north side of the building is open on a limited basis and is accessible via ferry tours.