Last Surviving Ellis Island Ferry Converted Into Historic Houseboat

Last Surviving Ellis Island Ferry Converted Into Historic Houseboat

A fully restored Ellis Island ferry was converted into a houseboat now floating in New York City harbor.

Kyana Gordon
  • 29 august 2011

A stay in Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs’ home is far from ordinary. The decorative design duo transformed the last surviving Ellis Island Ferry, The Yankee, built in 1907, into a remarkable houseboat, studio space, and showroom. Photographed by Navid Baraty, the images of the Ferry reveal the historic interiors and decks that gave immigrants their first views of New York City. The fully restored houseboat features an irrigated vegetable garden set up in 104 used tires, a chicken coop, as well as colorful furniture, rugs, and lighting of the couple’s own design.

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