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Location DB > Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax > Old Halifax Infirmary
Old Halifax Infirmary
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created by darbycrashin on 10/23/2004 12:38 AM
last modified by darbycrashin on 5/27/2011 2:34 AM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Queen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Owner: Halifax Municipality and Dalhousie University
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1931
    Closed: 1998
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    The Infirmary was established and operated by the Sisters of Charity and in it's final form (after two sites formally on Barrrington street and one on Cobourg Road) was located on Queen Street. Construction began in 1931 and its doors were opened in January of 1933. At the time it cost half a million to build and was a state of the art hospital. The main building featured marble floors and solid brass doors in the main entry.

    The hospital grew in popularity over the years and more wings were added to the main building and included facilities such as a large auditorium, a gymnasium and pool. As demands became too much for a hospital that was mainly staffed by the Sisters of Charity as care givers, they started a nursing school and also partnered with Dalhousie University to become a teaching hospital.

    In 1973, the Sisters of Charity signed the hospital to the provincial government. It closed in 1998 when a new Infirmary was opened.

    Some of the city's homeless began living in the hospital until a couch was set fire in February 2004. Fire officials claimed among those living inside were children and set to board up the windows to cut off access.

    Demolition began in February 2005.

    Part of the Old Infirmary site will be used for the new central library.

    Gerard Hall, the former nurses dormitory will remain in use for Dalhousie University students.

    Some information (and older photos) regarding the Nursing School the Infirmary used to house.
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    Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
    posted by darbycrashin
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    inside photos
    Mon, Nov 1st, 2004
    posted by darbycrashin
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    couple low-quality demo shots
    Tue, Jan 10th, 2006
    posted by darbycrashin
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/27/2011 4:38 AM.

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  • on May 27 11 at 4:38, Steed validated this location
  • on May 27 11 at 2:34, darbycrashin changed the following: History
  • on May 27 11 at 2:15, darbycrashin changed the following: History, Year Built, Interesting Features, Recommendation
  • on Jul 23 08 at 23:04, tribeachpunk validated this location
  • on Apr 19 06 at 14:17, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 18 06 at 17:34, darbycrashin changed the following: History, Interesting Features
  • on Jan 10 06 at 1:54, darbycrashin updated gallery picture bombed.jpg
  • on Jan 10 06 at 1:53, darbycrashin updated gallery picture goodbye.jpg
  • on Jan 10 06 at 1:50, darbycrashin created a new gallery
  • on Jul 7 05 at 23:51, darbycrashin changed the main information
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