I stumbled upon these photographs of the two former locations of St. John’s Hospital (now known as Mercy Hospital St. Louis, located at the northeast corner of I-270 and Highway 40), and I couldn’t help but want to share them. The image above shows the building at the southwest corner of Lucas and Jefferson avenues. Despite the population being around 400,000 back then, hospitals were small because they were basically just places where doctors told your family if you were going to die or not, so people didn’t stay very long! In fact, in my own research I’ve found most people who were seriously injured were taken home afterwards, and they skipped the hospital.
I found it fascinating that St. John’s was once located around the corner from Barnes, in what is now a gigantic conglomeration of buildings (BJC–amazing doctors and health professionals; campus planners, not so much). Many people don’t realize that the original Barnes buildings below are still there, but entombed behind later expansions.