Old St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital, 3520 Chippewa Avenue. Photograph by Emil Boehl, ca. 1904. Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collections. PB 649. Scan © 2006, Missouri Historical Society.

Update: The vacant National has now become Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. See Chippewa Street just to the east in this post from November of 2019. See the houses across Grand in a post from October of 2020.

Before its demolition for what would eventually become the National at Chippewa and Grand, which is itself abandoned, the site was the location of St. Anthony’s Hospital.


  1. What are the areas designated with yellow at the rear of each residential lot? Ash pits? Out houses?

    • I would suspect they are outhouses, depending on the age of the house; also, larger buildings were probably stables or garages. The yellow means they were wooden structures, and because of that, they frequently no longer exist.

  2. I’m sure they’re garages. Every house had one although some were later demolished. They usually went the full width of the lot except for a small walkway on one side.

  3. I was born in this hospital in 1959 and am currently researching its history for a new book I am wriging. I am curious. What would have been considered the architectural style of this hospital and do you know who in particular was commissioned to design it, and who in particular designed the chapel inside which I am told was glorious for its day.

    • Thomas, I’m not sure about details on the history of the hospital without doing some research. I will try and find something about it.

    • Are you aware that the altar, pews and stained glass windows were removed from the old hospital and repurposed in the chapel at the new St. Anthonys? The chapel is small yet inspiring. The Community Relations department might be a good resource for you.

    • Dear Sir,
      Myself as historian and my husband as photograph (from Dortmund, Germany) are working for a Catholic institution and publishing a series about artists who created sacred arts. Our new project is about the paintor Eduard Goldkuhle (1878-1953) from Wiedenbrück, Westphalia. It would be possible that the Chapel of St. Anthonys Hospital in St. Louis was painted by this Eduard Goldkuhle, who was familiarly connected with the Franciscan order and painted for several Franciscan overseas institutions. In the index of his works this painting is named. Therefore I would be highly interested in photos of the old painting which is probably not longer present. Best wishes Brigitte Spieker

      • I teach close to the new St. Anthony’s Hospital, which has now been renamed Mercy Hospital South. I would be happy to take a look for you in two weeks, when I begin my new term, and see if Eduard Goldkuhle’s paintings are still there.

  4. The old St. Anthony’s was located on the southeast corner of Grand and Chippewa across fron the old Nettie’s floral shop. It was a National then bought by Schnuck’s. Schnuck’s bought the land that was was a nursing home….I believe it was St Ann’s and then the horrendous Grand Manor. I was born at ST.Anthony’s in ’54. As a child our dance school performed for the nuns and residents of St. Anns. This was in the mid 60’s. The nursing home was torn down and turned into the present Schnuck’s

  5. St Anthony’s was at Grand and Chippewa. Schnucks is at Grand and Gravois. The former nursing home was Little Sisters of the Poor which was bought and then became Grand Manor before it was bought and torn down to build the current Schnucks store.

  6. Just a note: National Foods opened on the St. Anthony’s site. Schnucks acquired National in 1995, but never opened a store there.

    • Ah, interesting. Where was the Schnuck’s located before the new one opened at Grand and Gravois?

    • Just a little more information. National Super Markets (aka National Foods) opened on the old St. Anthony’s Hospital site at Grand and Chippewa in November of 1976. Schnucks was not in the immediate area at that time. The closest Schnucks store at that time was at Grand and Iron.

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