Structure Type: built works - public buildings - hospitals

Designers: Somervell and Cote, Architects (firm); Joseph Simon Cote (architect); Woodruff Marbury Somervell (architect)

Dates: constructed 1901

2 stories

Bellingham, WA

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Building History

Money from Klondike Gold Rush miners partially paid for this $21,000 hospital. The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace originally staffed the facility which served Bellingham, WA, for 65 years.

Many additions and alterations occurred to the building over that time before a new hospital was erected in 1966.

Building Notes

Builders of the first 53-bed Saint Joseph Hospital sited it on a rise requiring a long flight of steps to reach. The hospital sat on tall, rusticated stone foundations supporting a two-story wooden framework. The fenestration was composed of double hung windows configured in pairs. A gambrel roof covered the building, with a tall tower, topped by a its own pyramidal rood, projecting up in the center. A two-story porch stood in the center, on the first floor sheltering the main entry, on the second providing a place for the convalescing to sit. Projecting porches were also placed on the first floors of both ends of the hospital.


A large added wing, two-stories high, stood to the side of the original building; this wing had a hipped roof and a two-story porch for patients. It was built c. 1910. This may have been designed by the Seattle architectural firm of Somervell and Cote.

PCAD id: 17733