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Historic Cottage Hospital
updated: Dec 01, 2012, 6:02 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

A subscriber sent in a historic photo of Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital.

Not sure of date--no later than late 1930's.

Send this picture as a postcard

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 COMMENT 349351 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 07:56 PM

Sorry-Looks like a paintig


 COMMENT 349354P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 08:06 PM

This picture of Cottage looks tranquil and pretty - the neighborhood around Cottage always feels congested.


 COMMENT 349414P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:56 AM

That is a photo of a postcard, not a photo of the hospital. Or perhaps it's a highly colorized photo of the hospital, but if so it's been retouched to the point where it barely qualifies as a "photo" anymore. There is an uncolorized version of this same view at JW Collinge's website, only the photo is fish-eyed and shows the surrounding area, which looks pretty much as it does today. Collinge dates this to the 1930's.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:19 AM

The postcard might be from the 1930s, but the hospital still looked like that in the late 60s, at least the entrance was exactly the same. I can't remember when they started the rebuild. Thanks for sharing, it's a lovely picture.


 COMMENT 349432 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:42 AM

There have been several rebuilds. I used to walk (or ride my bike) past the hospital everyday on my way to school at Garfield elementary school in the early 1950's (now an adult ed center). The hospital has changed greatly with every remodel and obviously was originally sited in that location because it was a residential neighborhood in order to to take advantage of the quiet. (there used to be signs on the street saying (Quiet and Hospital zone) Now that it has become a major medical center with numerous satelite medical services and offices surrounding the complex including parking facilities, helipads and 24/7 emergency services, etc. there is no more "quiet" and the neighborhood has changed from a primarily residential neighborhod to a primarily medical/commercial zone.


 SBROCKS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 10:02 AM

It kind of reminds me of the new hospital, with the entranced set back and the sides out to the streetl.


 COMMENT 349578 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:15 PM

When my daughter was born I had a room in the wing on the right-hand side as you look at the photo. It had been drizzly most of the month (November), so Cottage's front lawn and another one across the street in front of Sansum Clinic were both as green as they ever got in this part of California. One of the Irish nurses looked out the window, sighed, and said it reminded her of home. I think it was shortly after my stay that the Maternity ward was moved out and there was major rebuilding.


 COMMENT 400449 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-04-22 10:27 AM

The original structure opened in 1891.

The New Fireproof Hospital opened in 1913; the original Victorian Cottage style building was utilized as living quarters by Cottage Employees.

The Knapp College of Nursing opened in 1923.

The Southwest, Fleischmann, and Southeast Wings were completed in 1929-30.

The 1960s rebuild which kept the original entrance, broke ground on February 14, 1962. The Chase, Ireland, Central and New Southwest Wings opened in 1964-73.

The Centennial Plan groundbreaking was in 1984 and the Centennial Plan Patient Care Wing was completed in 1987.

I hope this helps.


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