Sunday, June 6, 2010

Charity Hospital

Today Tyree and I finally took some time to take pictures around the city. I have long wanted to take photos of Charity Hospital. There are some details on the building that I find very moving. Buildings aren't constructed this way anymore - with so much care. The hospital had existed in spirit since 1736 and had various incarnations throughout New Orleans' history. The building shown here was built in 1939 by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works. In 2005 it was flooded by Hurricane Katrina and has never been reopened. It will never be reopened. Despite public demand for its renovation, there will be none, and as far as we can tell, no replacement hospital for those citizens that had depended on Charity Hospital for free care. They now crowd University Hospital, waiting for hours upon hours to be seen by a doctor.

For the people who were born here, worked here and died here, it is a tragedy. I'm not sure if there are plans to destroy the building in the near future. It is said that the mold alone makes the idea of renovation impossible.

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