One hundred and eleven years ago today, the hospital unveiled the architectural rendering of the new structure on the front page of the Lorain Daily News of Feb. 19, 1907.
Here’s the story as it appeared in the paper that day. (Part of the article was unreadable due to the age of the paper and quality of the microfilm, and I have indicated that in my transcription.)
New Wing, Nucleus of Future Enlarged St. Joseph’s Hospital
The basement will be used for a clinic and free dispensary. The second floor will contain four large rooms with toilet and other rooms, including diet dining room. The upper floor will have thirteen small ward rooms with one or two beds each. There will be toilet rooms, linen rooms and diet dining rooms. Plans will be prepared so that the contractors can bid within two weeks and work will commence as soon as the contract [unintelligible].
As soon as possible another wing will be built on the south side of the present building which will connect the two front wings by an administration building. From the north and south buildings there will extend westerly two other wings so that the present frame structure will be completely surrounded.
The whole building, when completed, will have a frontage of 235 feet on Penfield avenue and will cost over $150,000.
****I never realized that St. Joseph Hospital had been built in stages as described in the article.
You can see the transition as it unfolds in the vintage postcards below. (I’ve included postmark years when they were available.)