Martha Jefferson Hospital

img335Martha Jefferson Hospital was founded in Charlottesville by seven local physicians in 1903.  The original building sat on E. High Street about the location that would be used as the ramp to the ER in more recent years. This building opened just a couple of years after UVA Hospital.

The covered porch, seen in this image, was added later to provide patients a place for fresh air and sunshine.

img332A larger hospital, facing Locust Avenue would be built in the 1910s.

img334This postcard gives the view from Locust Avenue.

img331In the 1950s the “Rucker Wing” was added and the older section dubbed the “Patterson Wing”, each in honor of the benefactors that helped fund the growth of the hospital.

img333Expansion of the Hospital continued, and by its 75th anniversary Martha Jefferson Hospital looked like this.

IMG_6335This photo is from 2011, shortly before the Locust Avenue location closed.

IMG_5415Once MJH outgrew the original location, a massive hospital complex was built on Pantops Mountain, across the Rivanna River from Monticello, the home designed by Martha Jefferson’s father, Thomas Jefferson.

IMG_6425This photo shows a night view of the new MJH on Pantops.

_DSC4279The old hospital building would be purchased and undergo extensive renovations.

This aerial shot of the 2013 renovation reveals a portion of the early hospital in the upper left. The grey roof and brick chimneys are from the early hospital, later known as the  “Patterson Wing”, seen in the historical postcard below.

MJH666This color postcard was made from a photo taken in the 1910s. This building, now a century old, still stands.

On a personal note, it was the balcony seen here on the older section where my wife Karyn and I stood on an unseasonably warm, misty, quiet night on January, 7 2001 getting some fresh air.  The next morning, our son Stephen would be born.

The older images are from vintage postcards selected from the Norris Collection at C’ville Images.  Latter day photos © Steve Trumbull.


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