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Smiths Falls

Smith's Falls Hospital

Discovered by vertigoproductions
Created Jan 27 2010
Recent status Being Demolished
Category Hospital
City Smiths Falls, Ontario
Location # 1054

On May 16, 1910, Mrs. Mary E. Chambers donated a parcel of land to the town of Smith’s Falls. On this parcel of land the town built a hospital designed by local architect G.T Martin and constructed by John Davidson for a contracted price of $29,000. Money to build the hospital was raised by the town council and members of the town.

The hospital was named The Chambers Hospital out of respect for Mrs. Chamber’s deceased husband and son. It opened in 1912 with a capacity of 45-50 beds. The original building was a two-storey structure with basement built of Milton terra cotta brick. The front of the property had a three-storey veranda with Ionic capped columns.

The north-west corner contained a small sun parlor for the children’s ward and a two-storey sun parlor on the south side. Floors were constructed of oiled hard-wood.

To prevent fire, fire hoses connected to the town’s water system were located at each end of the main hall. Each floor also had six pails full of water (before the invention of the fire extinguisher).

The main corridor housed the anaesthetic room, operating room, sterilizing room, doctor’s wash-up room and doctor’s dressing room. Three of the rooms were built with floor tiles that extended eight inches up the walls. This allowed the rooms to be washed out by hose with the waste carried away to drains.

The basement housed the nurse’s dining room and rooms for the cook, housemaids and caretaker. A dumb waiter ran from the kitchen to the top of the building.

Extensive renovations were carried out in 1958 which brought the number of beds to 94. In 1968 further renovations were undertaken to bring the patient capacity to 100 beds.

With budget cost-cutting on their minds, in 1975 the Ontario Government looked into whether operating two hospitals was necessary. After much dispute the Sisters of Providence agreed to sell the St. Francis Hospital to the Ontario Government on July 16, 1975. The two hospitals were amalgamated to become the Smith’s Falls Community Hospital. The former St. Francis Hospital became the North Unit which focused on active treatment care while the Chambers Hospital became the South Unit which focused on chronic care and rehabilitation.

On March 31, 1995 the hospital was again amalgamated, this time with the Great War Memorial Hospital of Perth District (GWM Site). The merger formed a new corporation called the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. The merger has facilitated the rationalization of inpatient and outpatient services across the two hospital sites, which are separated by a distance of 20 km.

Sources: Canadian Builder March 1913, vol 3 Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

Writeup by OAP

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avatar of Motleykiwi
Motleykiwi There is still the one building left standing but looked completely boarded up.
Aug 17 2017
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Unknown User Only one small building left at this site, main hospital is now tore down.
Aug 27 2014
avatar of Ian85
Ian85 Sad to see the demo :(
Jun 18 2014
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ScottF Demolition in progress as of 6/15/2014
Jun 15 2014
avatar of Ian85
Ian85 It is too bad you can't go in. I hung around the hospital last summer for about an hour. There was a board off a side window on the back door. I did not go in, was too dark and not properly equipped.
Jun 12 2013
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rcouper Not recommended to venture on the Property. Trespass charges pending now for the latest ones that entered.
Feb 06 2012
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Derelict Compositions Does anyone know the status of this building?
Feb 06 2012
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crusty It is called Chambers Memorial Hospital. It is the hospital myself, my brother and 2 sisters were born in. It was abandoned several years ago and hospital services moved to the former Catholic hospital (St Francis) at the other end of town...
Jan 01 2011
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motleyslayer too bad it's no longer safely accessible, it looks like an interesting place to explore
Oct 12 2010
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cocainecowgirl This place is no longer safely accessable. The cops have it boarded up tight. The only way in is through a broken window which I would not suggest. In November the first time I went the back door was open, and than about a week later it was sealed shut and had to enter through window which is now boarded up too, and someone (NOT ME) broke a window to get in.
May 17 2010