Monday, May 15, 2017

The abandoned Marine Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee

The Marine Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee opened in 1884 in the French Fort district of the city. The hospital consisted of 6 buildings: the surgeon’s house, a stable, the executive building, two wards and the nurses’ building. The main building, a three-story neoclassical brick building in Georgian style, with slate roofing and large limestone columns was completed in 1937.

The Marine Hospital was originally used to treat Civil War soldiers and also to conduct scientific research in hopes of finding a cure for yellow fever. For more than a century it was used to treat marines and other seamen.

During the 1930's several new buildings were added to the site, while other buildings, like the wards and the stable were demolished. Today, only two of the original buildings survive: the nurses building and the executive building. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Marine Hospital closed in 1965. Since then, part of is was leased to a group of businessmen to house a metal museum while the government used part of the complex to house soldiers during Desert Storm. Developers are now looking to turn the building into apartments and a boutique hotel. 

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