Structure Type: built works - public buildings - hospitals

Designers: Weeks, William H., Architect (firm); William Henry Weeks (architect)

Dates: constructed 1928-1929

2 stories

650 Fifth Street
Gilroy, CA 95020-5700

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Lin Walker Wheeler (1868-1944), a merchant born in NY, moved as a child to Chicago, IL, where he learned the seed business, and then to the Hollister/Gilroy area of CA in 1907. Living near Gilroy, CA, Wheeler cultivated his fortune selling seeds to the prolific farmers of the Santa Clara Valley. He purchased an existing seed business and renamed it the "Pieters-Wheeler Seed Company" in 1910. The firm sold a variety of seeds, but was well-known for its lettuce varieties. Wheeler donated money for the erection of this hospital which was designed by local architect William H. Weeks (1864-1936) and completed by 1929. Weeks created a two-story Spanish Colonial Revival design for the facility. A one-time President of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and active in the local Elk's Lodge, Wheeler donated his money to many civic causes, providing funds for the Wheeler Civic Auditorium (1940), for example. Following his death and that of his wife in a San Joaquin Valley automobile accident in 1944, the breadth of his generosity became publicized locally.

When first built, Wheeler Hospital contained 29 beds.

A new wing of Wheeler Hospital was built in 1962, adjacent to the original 1929 construction. In 1990, the Wheeler Hospital was merged with a nearby elder care facility to form the Wheeler Manor Senior Apartments.

National Register of Historic Places (September 13, 1990): 90001442 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 7911