SAHARA Highlights: Healthcare

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | May 16, 2018

This month we chose a selection from the hundreds of images of hospitals, clinics, asylums, and infirmaries in the SAHARA collection. Our contributors have documented buildings from every possible region, from the grand to the obscure. Try a search on “hospital” and see for yourself!

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High Royd Psychiatric Hospital, administration building, Menston, W. Yorkshire, UK.  Architect: J. Vickers Edwards, 1885-88 (closed in 2003 and converted to residential units).  Photo: Jodie L.W. Double, 2009.

Paimio Sanatorium, View of dining hall, Paimio, Finland. Aalto Alvar, 1929-33. Photo: Sandy Isenstadt, 2005.

Hospital for whites (now an administration building for the University of Lubumbashi), Lubumbashi, Congo.  A. De Lay, 1952-60.  Photo: Johan Lagae, 2005.

Utica State Hospital and Psychiatric Center, Oneida, New York. Designed by Captain William Clarke, 1838-46 (central block destroyed by fire and rebuilt, 1852). Photo: Dell Upton, 1992.

Royal Naval Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica.  Architect: Edward Holl, 1817-21.  Photo: Jonah Rowen.

Sarah Kubitschek Hospital, the main hospital in the Sarah network of rehabilitation hospitals, Brasilia, Brazil. João Filgueiras Lima, 1979-80. Photo: Ricardo Agarez, 2013.

Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, main entrance, Los Angeles, CA (now the Church of Scientology).  Claud Beelman, 1928-38.  Photo: Dell Upton, 2013.

Hospital for Gujarat State Housing Board, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India. Achyut Kanvinde, 1964-74. Photo: Peter Serenyi.

Quisling Clinic, Madison, Wisconsin (now Quisling Terrace Apartments). Lawrence Monberg, 1946. Photo: Dell Upton, 2012.

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