Sisters of the Daughters of Charity sit outside the hospital, circa 1920s.
Pensacola Hospital as it looks today
Hospital under construction in either 1914 or 1915
Sisters of the Daughters of Charity in 1940s
17th or 19th century painting of the Daughters of Charity in action
Sisters on top of an empty lot on 9th Ave. in 1959 as they look for the hospital's new location
Entranceway of hospital, circa late 1910s.
Hospital in 1915 with working being done inside
Backstory and Context
For 50 years, this building allowed patients to receive numerous types of treatments, including: surgical, therapeutic, bacterial and radiological. A third wing was added to provide care for area Creoles and African Americans. In 1948, Mother Margaret O'Keefe had the hospital renamed the Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola. In 1965 the hospital moved to a new building on 9th Ave and continues to serve the city. Left abandoned for 4 years, the city turned the building into a private school for Liberal Arts, which ran until 1978, being forced to close because of the lack of maintenance care.
1980, East Tower Group Inc. purchased the building and soon began to renovate and modernize the building. Today the building holds several restaurants, a local theater company, and many private offices. Visitors can tour the public spaces from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday.