Smallpox hospital soon to be demolished

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Smallpox hospital soon to be demolished - deal- By RON CLINGEN f The Journal Ottawa's...
deal- By RON CLINGEN f The Journal Ottawa's 65-year-old 65-year-old 65-year-old 65-year-old 65-year-old isolation hospital . . . which only. 10 years. ago was slated to? become the city's recreation and parks- parks- de partment headquarters . . . will be demolished next 'month.-: 'month.-: 'month.-: Contractors interested in bid-1 bid-1 bid-1 ding 00; the job toured , the building Friday afternoon to get a first hand look before plac ing tenders. ' . Tenders close next Tuesday, and the city hopes demolition of the three-storey three-storey three-storey brick struct ure on Porters Island near the new Island Lodge can be com pleted in five weeks. , ,.,.v Built just after the turn of the century for smallpox patients, patients, the hospital in later years was used as a national defence Ancient Isolation Hospital Soon $1.2 Million Project Aylmer tdBe Demolished hospital, rental housing units, and for other related purposes. LONG PURSUIT .Parks and recreation commissioner commissioner J. A. Dulude says his department had been trying to get the hospital and the island as its headquarters since 1327. Success came 30 years later, in 1957. when city council turned the building over to parks and recreation. When the parks people arrived arrived to look over the old hospital, hospital, it had been vacant for more than'' two . years -nd -nd vandalism had taken its toll. Unknown to the city, young people . had apparently made the abandoned building a favor ite haunt . Electrical fixtures! ana neaang 1 cous naa oeen broken and in general the old Okays hospital was in shambles. SPENT $SMS Renovation of the third floor began and officials say the city dumped about $30,000 into the project to repair the roof and walls, and replace fixtures and plumbing. But the next year Caarioue Whttton. letuined as mayor after several years absence and started plans for con-stroctka con-stroctka con-stroctka of the new Island Ledge. Recreation department plans were abandoned and the city created living quarters for two families in a bid to protect the building against further vandalism. vandalism. . Mr. Dulude said the new fixtures, plumbing, and other added equipment were taken out and used in other city-owned city-owned city-owned buildings. "We were badly hurt by losing losing that building," he said. Now the isolation hospital, again failing into disrepair. Is being demolished to make way for eventual construction of geriatric clinic to operate in conjunction with Island Lodge. (L of

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal10 Jun 1967, SatPage 3

The Ottawa Journal (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)10 Jun 1967, SatPage 3
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