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Volume 5
Page 6 
November 1880


The Philadelphia Home for Incurables, on Monday Next – Character of the Institution

            On Monday next the new Philadelphia Home for Incurables, at Woodland avenue and Forty-eight street, is to be dedicated, the ceremonies, to which the public are invited, to being at 4 p.m.  Two years ago a site was purchased at Forty-eighth on the avenue for the sum of $5,500, and thereon has been erected the new Home which, in its exterior appearance and in its interior arrangements, is one of the most complete institution buildings in the city.  It stands on an elevated piece of ground, affording not only a wide expanse of view in all directions, but combining, as well, the benefits of a healthy temperature and thorough ventilation.

            Viewed from Woodland avenue the Home presents an imposing appearance.  It stands back about fifty feet from the street pavement and is fronted with an enclosed plot of ground, fresh sodded with grass.  It is three stories in height and in the prevailing style of architecture, with fancy brick front, finished with ornamental tiling, with broad porches designed somewhat after the Queen Anne fashion, and with deep slanting Gothic roof covered with Akron tiles in red and buff.  Fairmount stone laid with random black joints, and the Dorchester grey stand-stone, are used also in the construction of the face of the house.  The front is divided into three sections, the centre part receding, while the projecting ends are built with triplet windows in the second and third stories finishing above in towers, the finial of which is 20 feet above the roof, and in each of which there are four louver windows.  Stacks for ventilation and smoke are built with buff tile roofs.  Nearly all of the windows have their upper frames set in stained glass, which enhances the brightness of the general effect.

            The building has a frontage of 72 feet on Woodland avenue, exclusive of the additional length caused by the bay windows at either end.  The depth of the house is 44 feet.  From these dimensions some idea may be had of its form, which, as arranged interiorily, is odd and pleasing.  The house is entered from a broad piazza extending the length of the front.  Wide front doors open into a hall 15 by 24 feet, with grate directly opposite the entrance.  The hall, as indeed is the case throughout the house, is finished in light woods.  On the right hand, on entering, is a long room, admirably lighted by side windows and the bay window at the end.  This is to be used as a reception room and library, and will be furnished completely by a number of members of the Society of Friends.  A duplicate room on the other side of the main corridor is to be used as a committee room, and will be furnished by Mr. Caleb Milne.  In fact, all the rooms in the house will be furnished gratuitously by friends of the institution.  Thrown open, the two apartments mentioned form, with the hall, a long stretch of rooms.  Running perpendicularly to the main hall is a long entry, which extends the entire width of the building.  Opening on this entry are all the other rooms on the floor, via:  the dining-room, the physician’s office, the matron’s room, and one dormitory, with store-room, closets, etc., with two dumb waiters, one running from the kitchen to the dining-room, and the other from the kitchen to the upper floor, to carry the meals to the patients unable to leave their rooms.  There also opens on this entry the elevator closet, with passenger elevators to carry the patients.  The elevator is very handsome, and is also the gift of a private gentleman.  On the rear is another broad piazza, the counterpart of that on the front of the house.

            On the upper floors are the rooms for the patients.  They are all capacious, well lighted and ventilated by a patent process.  The heating of the house will be by steam and indirect radiation.  Each room on the third story has a register in the ceiling for summer ventilation, which has its outlet in the tower dormers.  The drainage of the house is said to be complete in every respect.  In the basement are the kitchen, laundry, and servants’ quarters.  The entire cost of the building is $25,000.  It will accommodate forty patients.  It is contemplated, if the institution meets with popular endorsement and substantial aid, to add to the main building two wings, for male as well as female patients, and designed also to provide for such cases as epilepsy, consumption and cancer.

            The formal opening of the building will be held on Monday next, which will be the third anniversary of the opening of the temporary home.  The following are the officers of the Home for Incurables:

President:  Mrs. Seth B. Stitt.

Vice-Presidents – Mrs. C.K. Inglish, Mrs. Israe Maule.

Treasurer – Mrs. Henry C. Townsend.

Secretary – Mrs. Edward R. Fell.

Board of Managers – Mrs. M.R. Trevor, Mrs. G. Albert Lewis, Mrs. Benjamin Griffith, Mrs. Charles H. Abbott, Mrs. Nathan H. Sharpless, Mrs. John A. Lewis, Mrs. Samuel A. Harrison, Mrs. Edward H. Ogden, Mrs. J. Eastburn Mitchell, Miss Augusta Taber, Miss Susan Gorgas Miss Helen V. Wriggins, Miss Clara Gilbert, Mrs. Samuel R. Shipley, Mrs. Benjamin J. Crew, Mrs. Horatio Gates Jones, Mrs. J. Lewis Crozer, Mrs. Charles H. Caldwell, Mrs. C.G. Hunsworth, Mrs. H.S. Hoffman, Mrs. J.E. Kingsley, Mrs. C. A. Dickey, Mrs. W.A. Griswold, Mrs. Thomas Roberts, Mrs. L..D. Brown, Mrs. T.G. Woraley


Volume 5
Page 9
November 1880

Home for Incurables .—The dedication of the new and beautiful building for the Home for Incurables, located at the corner of Forty-eighth street and Woodland avenue, took place yesterday afternoon >  There was an unusually large attendance of the friends of the institution, every car stopping at the grounds being crowded to its utmost capacity.  The rooms were handsomely decorated with flowers.

            Mr. John M. Colins, who occupied the chair, referred to the institution, which had been founded to supply a want long felt.  He said it was unsectarian and disinterested, and sprang from a love for God and man.

            After an anthem by the choir Rev. Dr. George Dana Boardman read a portion of the Scriptures and led in prayer.  Then addresses were made by Mr. Francis Well and Rev. W. Neilson McVickar, after which the prayer of dedication was made by Re. Dr. J.M. Crowell, of the Woodland Presbyterian Church;

            The following is a list of persons furnishing rooms in the home:

Managers Room, Mr. Caleb J. Milne; Reception Room, “The Friends,” Matron’s Room, Miss Susan Gorgas; Doctor’s Room and Nos. 9 and 23, furnished by Mrs. William Singerly; Hall furnished by Mrs. Seth B. Stitt; Room No. 25, Mrs. Hugh Craig, in memory of Wilson D. Craig; No. 1, by Mrs. Thos. Henderson, in memory of Mrs. Maria J. Nesmith; No. 4 by Mrs. Elizabeth Hemphill; No. 5 by Miss Hemphill, Mrs. Tabor and Mrs. G.D. Boardman, in memory of Annie C. Ingles; No. 6 Mrs. Henry C. Townsend; No. 7 Mrs. J Lewi Crozer; No. 8 Mrs. John P. Crozer; Nos. 10 and 22 Miss Fannie Gilbert; No. 11, Memorial Band; No. 12, Mrs. H. S. Hoffman; No. 15, Mrs. Henry L. Fell; No. 17, Miss Clara Gilbert.

            Thanks are returned by the managers to Mr. James L. Claghorn for fine engraving; to Mr. Caleb J. Milne for three pictures; to Mr. John De Zouche for portieres; Mr. Allen for the hall chairs; Mr. Henry L. Ashmead for 750 invitation cards and envelopes and the printing of same, also 250 order of exercises; to Mr. Samuel A. Harrison for two mantel sets, clock and candelabra; to Mr. John Orne for carpet for second-story corridor; to Thackara, Buck & Co. for the chandeliers; Gibson & Shaw for two hall chandeliers; to Mrs. H.C. Townsend for three sofas, seven large easy chairs, a centre table and a large secretary; to Mr. B.H. Bartol for one dozen pairs of blankets; to Mrs. W.A. Griswold for one dozen pairs of blankets, and to Mrs. J.E. Mitchell for one oak sideboard.