Martha 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.
Once 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.
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.
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.