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Christian Church Hospital
Christian Church Hospital
TitleChristian Church Hospital
DescriptionPostcard of the Christian Church Hospital
Historical ArticleAt one of the high points of the city, 27th and Paseo, the Christian Church Hospital, constructed of pale yellow brick and stone with massive stone columns above the entrance, opened its doors to the public in April, 1916.

It is the last word in hospital architecture; not a detail has been overlooked, said a news story of the day. The $330,000 building had 75 rooms and 150 beds.

Speakers at the dedication ceremonies April 9, 1916, were R. A. Long, Dr. George H. Combs, Dr. L. J. Marhall and Dr. Jabez N. Jackson. J. W. Perry was president of the hospital sssociation.

Long, multimillionaire, devoted churchman and philanthropist, had given $200,000 toward building the hospital, and $156,000 was contributed by church members to an endowment fund, the income to insure that one-third of the beds would be used by charity patients, a stipulation in the Long gift.

Five years before the hospital was built, Long's plans were more ambitious. He had hoped to make Kansas City the national center of the Christian Church, and toward this end he purchased a 38-acre tract bounded by 17th, 20th, Hardesty and Brighton, at a cost of $95,000. H. F. Hoit, architect, drew elaborate plans for more than a score of church buildings. Church offices and publications, as well as a hospital, were planned.

In the 1920s financial difficulties faced the church-operated hospital and in 1926 an offer was accepted from the veterans' bureau to lease the property for $34,000 a year, to accommodate disabled veterans of World War I. Dr. E. J. Rose was installed as medical officer.

A stream of notable visitors and entertainers during this period included Mr. and Mrs. Warren G. Harding, Gen. John J. Pershing, Fred Stone, Amos and Andy, Tom Mix and Kate Smith.

Dr. G. Wilse Robinson's Neurological Clinic later occupied the building. Today it is the Robinson Memorial Hospital.

Kansas City Star
September 18, 1971

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectHospitals
Christian Church Hospital
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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