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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Hamilton > Brow Infirmary
Brow Infirmary
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created by Thadius on 3/13/2007 4:04 PM
last modified by Skye_Ann on 5/6/2017 3:38 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A 2.5 storey brick structure that sits on the edge of the Mountain Brow. It overlooks Westdale and it is one of the last scraps of land on the West Mountain that hasn't been swallowed up by Urban Sprawl.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Hamilton, Ontario
Owner: Chedoke Health Corporation
  • asbestos
  •  Interesting Features
    Though this building was altered too many times to acquire designation, the building across the road from it has been designated a historical land mark.

    Please be nice to the place, It was a lot of people's home for a very long time. It healed and cared for countless thousands of people and I can rightly assume the ones that died there will be more inclined to not bother you if you're respectful.

    The Red Illuminated "Cross of Lorraine" stands next to the Brow Infirmary and shines down upon Hamilton in a constant reminder to everyone in the city to be mindful of their Health and that everyone needs to be responsible for their own well being.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • 24 hour guard
  • Cameras, (so they say)
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1916
    Closed: 2006
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  • towelettes
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    The Brow Infirmary is the oldest major permanent building at Chedoke Hospital. It was opened to treat World War I soldiers sent home from overseas suffering from tuberculosis and gassed lungs.

    The Hamilton Health Association, the body which oversaw the running of the sanatorium, was asked by the Dominion government to take in ex soldiers as patients and offered money to build new facilities. The Association hired Dr. W.C. White, an American government specialist in tuberculosis treatment, as a consultant. It was he who recommended the site on the edge of the escarpment for two major reasons. The first was that the location kept the soldier patients physically away from the civilian patients. Soldiers were known among sanatorium directors to be rowdy and difficult to control. The second factor was the healthful benefits of the breezes up there and the wonderful view of open farmland stretching to the bay. Now of course this is the community of West Hamilton.

    The sod was turned on May 15, 1915 by Mrs. P.D. Crerar, President of the Ladies Auxiliary. The Infirmary was officially opened on Dec. 5, 1916. The architectural firm was Stewart & Whitton, the general contractor was W.H. Cooper, and the total cost was $146,569.19

    In 1917 it was flanked by the East and West Pavilions which were used for patient dining rooms and vocational workshops. They were also paid for by a grant from the Dominion Government.

    In 1933, a central heating plant was installed to supply heat and hot water for all buildings at the Brow.

    In 1947 the bed capacity was doubled by enclosing verandahs and sun rooms.

    In 1958 an Order in Council permitted the Hamilton Health Association to operate a general hospital and a hospital for the chronically ill at Brow. On January 17,1959 a renovated Brow Infirmary was reopened as the Hospital for Convalescent and Chronic Care Patients. Mayor Lloyd D. Jackson officiated. An open house followed until 5 pm. The cost of the renovations was roughly $440,000. Furnishings and equipment were approx. $60,000. By early 1960 it was fully occupied.

    The Brow Infirmary eventually became the Complex Continuing Care Centre that treated young adults with mobile restrictions and who needed complex and chronic care due to head injury or trauma. The building served this purpose until late 2005 when a plan to build a new building for these patients, some who had lived there all their live, fell through and the patients were transferred to existing facilities.

    The Building was made redundant in the early part of 2006. It is slated for destruction.
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     Future Plans
    They plan to build Condos on this sight....of course, like you didn't know.
    vis medicatrix naturae
    Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
    posted by Thadius
    New Plans for Sight.
    Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
    posted by Thadius

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    My First Trip, 18 Jan 2007
    Tue, Mar 13th, 2007
    posted by Thadius
    25 pictures
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    Historical Pictures
    Tue, Mar 13th, 2007
    posted by Thadius
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    Second trip.
    Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
    posted by Thadius
    25 pictures
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    June 1 2013
    Thu, Jun 6th, 2013
    posted by The Secret Lens
    20 pictures
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    Jan. 2014
    Sat, Jan 18th, 2014
    posted by phrenzee
    9 pictures
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    Early 2014 Visit.
    Wed, Feb 26th, 2014
    posted by Wong Guy
    21 pictures

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