Also known as the Old Sacred Heart Hospital, this 1915 hospital is Florida's first, and oldest, Catholic hospital. This building was used for 50 years before the hospital moved to 9th Ave. This hospital was also known for adding a third wing so that local Creoles and African Americans could also receive treatment. Since 1965 the building was used a school and currently is being used for offices as it gets renovated to its original state.
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.