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Posted by Ron Filion on Monday, January 23, 2006 at 05:50:17 :

In Reply to: Re: Girls orphanage in Presidio/19th Ave area posted by John Martini on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 19:19:44 :

: ... And the looming PHS Hospital was built in the early 1930s, just as your grandmother remembers, whereas Letterman was static during that period.

John,

You're correct. I've looked up the history on these hospitals. The "New" Letterman was built in 1968. The "Old" Letterman dates to 1898.

There is a nice little history of this hospital at:
<http://www.militarymuseum.org/LettermanAMC.html>

Here is a little history of the Public Health Service Hospital (PCH):

"The public health hospital had been the U.S. Marine Hospital, and for a century cared for merchant seaman from around the world. It was first built in 1875, overlooking Mountain Lake. In 1902 it was renamed the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service.

"By the 1930s [1932], however, the original wooden complex was demolished and replaced with a 480-bed, seven-story building, designed in Georgian Revival style. In 1952, two seven-story wings and a lobby were added to the front of what is commonly called Building 1801."

"After the hospital's closure in 1981, the Military Language Institute used part of the facility from 1982 to 1988."

Sources: <http://www.presidio.gov/Trust/Press/pressreleases/publichealthRFQrelease.htm>
<http://www.nps.gov/prsf/places/phshosp.htm>



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