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Title
St. Vincent's Hospital
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Schultheis, Herman
Contributor
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1938
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul established the first hospital in Los Angeles - the Los Angeles Infirmary, in 1856. It was located in the Sonora Town adobe owned by then-Mayor of Los Angeles, Don Cristo´bal Aguilar. Four years later, in 1860, the hospital relocated to 1416 Naud Street, between Ann (named for Sister Ann) and Sotillo Street (though other data indicates the location was 1414 Naud Street, between N. Main and San Fernando Road). In 1869, Daughters incorporated the Los Angeles Infirmary under their own ownership, the first women in the region to do so. In 1883 they purchased six and a half acres of land at Beaudry Park at a cost of $10,000, and a new hospital building was erected a year later at Beaudry and Sunset, on a hillside overlooking Sonora Town. By 1898, Los Angeles Infirmary had come to be known as Sisters Hospital, but both names were used interchangeably in reference to the same hospital; in 1918, the name was officially changed to St. Vincent's Hospital. In 1924 a new building was erected on 3rd and Alvarado, which was built by John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley. For 47 years, the hospital had such a steady growth that they were forced to expand yet again, and groundbreaking for a newer, larger building took place in 1971 - this time, located at 2131 W. 3rd Street. With a "new" hospital came a new name, and in 1974, it changed again, this time becoming St. Vincent Medical Center. Through the years the hospital has had many "firsts": in 1957 the first successful open-heart surgery was performed; in 1960, it was the first to use a surgical microscope to operate on the inner ear; in 1962, the first to offer hemodialysis to kidney failure patients; in 1966, the first artificial heart transplant and human heart transplantation were performed; in 1988, first heart transplant took place at S. Vincent Medical Center; in 1993, pancreatic cell transplant to overcome diabetes was performed; and in 1995, the Liver Transplant Program was founded. Although St. Vincent's is the oldest medical institution in Los Angeles, it has evolved with the years to serve the people of this fine city. In 2006, St. Vincent Medical Center celebrated 150 years of service.
Architects John C. Austin and Frederic M. Ashley designed this 1924 Italianate style St. Vincent's Hospital building, located at 2131 West Third Street, which is no longer standing.
Type
image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00099018
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-391 8x10
CARL0005092528
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/38384
Subject
St. Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hospitals--California--Los Angeles
Hospital buildings--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)
Architecture--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)--Italian influences
Streets--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)
Westlake (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Austin, John C. W.(John Corneby Wilson),1870-1963
Ashley, Frederic M
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

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