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.

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  1. Charlie Duvall says:

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

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      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. Thomas Wessel says:

    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.

    1. Terry Haney says:

      I was born in 1944 August .

  3. Thomas Petry says:

    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.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      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.

    2. Jeanne Schibig says:

      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.

    3. Brigitte Spieker says:

      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 Wiedenbrck, 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

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        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.

        1. Dear Sir,
          I would be very much interested if you found out if Goldkuhles paintings are still there.
          Best wishes Brigitte Spieker

    4. Shirley Lane says:

      I was born at St AnthonysHospital in January 1950 and my on my birth certificate there is a picture of the church and hospital. Maybe taken from the other side but not sure. I would love to post it but cant see how to do it.

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        Ms. Lane, you can email the photo to me at naffziger (at) gmail (dot) com. I’d love to see it.

  4. linda cheragotti says:

    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. linda cheragotti says:

    The nursing home was across the street from the 9-0-5 store

  6. Dotty says:

    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.

  7. Michael Panneri says:

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

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

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

    2. Steve says:

      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.

    3. Melissa Larkin says:

      In what year was the hospital torn down?

      1. cnaffziger says:

        The hospital closed in 1975 and was torn down shortly thereafter for the aforementioned National grocery store.

  8. Carol Walters says:

    I was born at the old St. Anthony’s Hospital. Oddly enough, when I went to nursing school, I went to the new St. Anthony’s Hospital to the OB/GYN unit for clinical rotation. While I was there, I met Mrs. Mac, a British nurse. I was so amazed to meet this woman as my mother had always told me about a British nurse that was working there on the wards when I was born. She couldn’t remember her name but her British accent stuck out making her unique among the staff. I told Mrs. Mac I was so happy to meet her officially again and I explained that I was born at the old hospital where she had taken care of my mother and me. She became teary eyed and said she was so proud that one of “her babies” was studying to become a nurse like her too. Myself, the other students, my teacher as well as Mrs. Mac, all became teary eyed because it was an unusual thing and a precious moment. When I came home from school that day, I told my mother that I had met Mrs. Mac as she still worked at St.Anthony’s in the OB/GYN division. She too was surprised as Mrs. Mac was older than my mother at the time of my birth. I was so glad to meet this special lady. I’m sure that she has passed by now but I will always remember her for the kind hearted nurse and person she was.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      So interesting, thank you!

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