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THE NEW STRUCTURE OF NORTH CALVERT STREETIt is Now Nearly Complete and Will be Opened in a Few Weeks — A Bazaar to Be Held for Its Benefit. Rooms for Private Patients — Plan of the Building
The new City Hospital, or Hospital of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, on the corner of Calvert and Saratoga streets, is fast approaching completion. It will be in charge of the Sisters of Mercy, with Mother Superior Mary Benedicta at the head. Mr. E.F. Baldwin is the architect. Henry Smith & Sons are the general contractors. The plumbing and gas fixtures are being put in by George Walther. The style of architecture is Romanesque. The new building fronts 114 feet 4 1/2 inches on Calvert street, and is 108 feet deep. In the center is a light-well or court yard 85 feet by 25 feet in dimensions. The building is of sand brick, laid in black mortar, with Seneca brownstone trimmings. It is five stories high, with an attic, and is entered by a massive archway twelve feet wide and twelve feet high. The center on Calvert street is carried up with an extension and gable in front. The total height to the front gable is 100 feet. The side height of the building is 80 feet. On Calvert street are thirty-seven windows, which afford ample light. The roof is of slate. From the first floor two fine stairways lead to the third floor, and from that floor three stairways lead to the upper floors.
The depth of the cellar is eight feet. The height of the first, second, third and fourth floors is for each 18 feet 6 inches through. The fifth floor is 13 feet high. The attic space is nine feet high. The cellar is used for coal and other supplies. The attic is used for storage. The first floor contains parlors, dining rooms, private offices, a physician’s consultation room, a kitchen, laundry, boiler room and a boiler supply house. It has on it a mortuary chapel and a waiting room, also store rooms, pantries and lavatories. On this floor is a central corridor and a main hall, in which is located the ornamental stairway of quartered oak. The corridor and halls are tiled with marble. In the corridor are ornamental plaster caps to the pilasters. An elevator runs to the fifth floor, eight by five feet in size, so as to have ample room to move patients on their cots. On the second floor are located fifteen bed chambers for private patients, also a public ward 67 by 25 feet in dimensions, also a dining room, the nurses quarters, bath room, water-closets and a clothing room.
The third floor is a repetition of the second floor, except that here start the three flights of stairs leading to the fifth story.
On the fourth floor is located a neat chapel, 48 feet long by 21 feet wide, with an alcove on each side, which makes the total width 45 feet. The front portion of this floor is devoted to the sisters in charge of the hospital, including chambers, community rooms, bath rooms, linen rooms and sacristy. On this floor are two public wards. One is 34 by 21 feet, and the other is 67 by 25 feet in dimensions. It has also general bath rooms and other appliances.
One the fifth floor are eighteen private chambers, and a public ward thirty-four by twenty-one feet in size, pantries, lavatories and nurses’ quarters.
The interior of the first three floors is finished in quartered oak. The walls and ceilings are sand-finished. The upper floors are finished in natural cypress. There is some fine frieze work in the corridors and chapels. The gas fixtures are of the latest designs.
To insure a firm foundation in the sandy soil on which the new hospital is located, the foundation walls were laid in Portland cement.
This hospital will be supplied with all the latest appliances of the best modern hospitals, including heating, plumbing, laundry fixtures, with a thorough system of ventilation by two large shafts. Every room has a ventilator in it. It is connected with the old College of Physicians and Surgeons by a flight of stairs running from each story of the old building, so arranged that patients can be carried from the wards to the operating rooms without being disturbed in the least in moving. The total cost is over $150,000. Henry Smith & Sons’ contract is about $75,000.
The Sisters of Mercy in charge and the professors of the college are busy completing arrangements for a grand bazar, to be held shortly, for the benefit of the hospital. They hope to be ready to hold the opening at or near the 1st of October.
Source: Baltimore American (Baltimore), 1889/09/01