Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Clinic with a History


I did a post about this building before but that was way back in 2009.  I thought it was time to take a look at this place again.


The Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic was built in 1931 to honor the memory of Lois Anita Grunow, the 7-year old daughter of William Grunow, a wealthy businessman who donated one million dollars to build the clinic.  Lois died at age 7 from a ruptured appendix. Across the street from this clinic stands a major hospital that also has its roots back that far and this clinic is thought to be one of the first clinics where doctors had offices so near the hospital in which they worked.


Just inside those front doors is this beautifully adorned space that compliments the Spanish Colonial architecture of the building.  The painting above depicts students learning about anatomy.





























On the other side of the lobby, is another painting paying tribute to Walter Reed who discovered the key to the transmission of Yellow Fever.





























It's a gorgeous building that still operates as a clinic to this day and which has maintained its vintage style both inside and out.  On my old 2009 post, there a couple of interesting comments made anonymously about the Grunow family and about the building itself.  They are worth a look if you have the time.

12 comments:

Andy said...

Not only does the clinic have a humanitarian side to it, but it also has a artistic side. So sad that a young girl had to lose her life for all this to happen.

Christine said...

It's a beautiful and palatial building. Thanks for showing the paintings inside also.

Steve Reed said...

What an amazing building -- and a tragic story. Sad how something so simple (appendicitis) could have fatal consequences, even for a well-off family that presumably had access to good medical care.

Lois said...

The building is truly a work of art. Poor little girl. It's amazing that the building is still being used for its original purpose.

RedPat said...

It is wonderful, Sharon! I went back and read the old comments. It is always fun to hear from people who have a connection to one of our posts.

Karl Demetz said...

A gorgeous building with many wonderful details !

Silver Willow said...

what a stunning building/architecture!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love that it's still being used for what it was built for.. that doesn't often happen with old buildings. They were interesting comments Sharon.. eek! Imagine getting locked in the morgue 😶

Judy Ryer said...

I just love the look of this building.
Interesting comment in the old post. Being locked in the basement until you cry is very creepy indeed.

Bill Nicholls said...

Nice looking building that

bill burke said...

The clinic is beautiful. It has the feel of a palace. The comments were interesting especially the woman who was locked in the morgue, it's kind a creepy.

William Kendall said...

Amazing details on the building.