Case Study

Amsterdam House-Long Term Care Center

Amsterdam Nursing Home is one of the oldest long-term care facilities in New York City. Situated across the street from the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, it provides an elegant program-rich environment for the 409 residents in its skilled care facilities. This is a 72,000 square foot, thirteen story addition (106 new beds) to an in-city nursing home.  Each floor of 33-36 beds has decentralized activity/dining spaces at the  corners with Avenue and Cathedral vistas. It is a vertical village.  Each residential suite has spacious privacy for each resident, significant natural light and elegant amenities.

In addition, it includes the reconstruction of a 5,000 square foot landmark quality waterworks as an attached medical day care center for seniors.  A new adult day care program for 35-40 elderly clients, includes access to ambulatory health care, physical and occupational therapy, as well as dining, social and recreational programs.  It also includes a referral office for other neighborhood based senior services, health care, transportation, social work, etc.

A new linear garden extends along Amsterdam Avenue.  The new 13 story addition is a refined interpretation in brick cast in concrete panels and cast stone quoin of the 1912-1918 Morningside Heights apartment house structures.  The exterior of the new structure includes a two story masonry base with middle stories in red brick and three uppermost stories in a combination of limestone colored precast and brick.

Amsterdam has received several design awards and has been featured in national publications.