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Shelby County Hospital

Mullins Station Rd, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 9' 17.74458", -89° 51' 16.763256"
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Completed in June of 1935, the Shelby County Hospital at
Shelby Farms was built here as a replacement for both the much older Shelby
County Hospital, located on the workhouse grounds at Jackson Avenue, and the
County Emergency Hospital (or Isolation Hospital) on Hindman-Ferry Road at the
County Cemetery in Frayser. Originally set on a 65-acre landscaped tract, the
Shelby County Hospital” was designed for a capacity of 800 beds with nearly
3 1/2 acres of floor space and a 600-person chapel. A 20-year county loan for
$397,000 and a federal Public Works Administration grant provided the
necessary $522,000 required to construct the hospital. Architect W.J. Hanker
designed the building, with project leadership provided by Shelby County
Commission Chairman E.W. Hale and State PWA Engineer, Major Thomas H. Allen.
This building served as the Shelby County Hospital and Health Care Center for
two-thirds of a century (1935-2001) before its transitional reuse as an office
building for various county government services and agencies. Beginning in
1870, Shelby County had built a “Poor House” on the Raleigh Road (Jackson
Avenue) for indigent and ill citizens. Replaced in 1890 by a hospital and
insane asylum, these facilities were superseded by this hospital building at
this location. After the demand for beds peaked in 1990 when private nursing
homes began to accept indigent patients with government insurance, Shelby
County Services Director Peggy W. Edmiston noted the change in needs and
recommended the building for other uses. Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout called
for the conversion of this well-constructed building, located in the
geographical center of the county, into an Administrative Center. The last
patient transferred in August 2001.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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