Permanent exhibition on the First Floor
Building D was a Sailors' Snug Harbor dormitory and featured a Writing Room, where residents could find materials for writing. It has a trompe l’oeil ceiling mural of a glasshouse roof suggesting the South Seas, where many of the mariners had sailed. The mural is an original work of art, and many of the room’s restored furnishings and ship models are also original. When a person was admitted to Sailors' Snug Harbor, his portrait was taken, and the Writing Room has a montage of those portraits showing the span of origins of the residents. Sailors' Snug Harbor was a democratic institution, and the portraits demonstrate the fact that mariners were admitted regardless of their nationality, race, religion, or physical condition.