Charity Hospital

A few months back I took this shot of the old Charity Hospital.

Charity Hospital

It’s abandoned since Katrina, and there’s talk of using it for residential purposes. My grandmother learned nursing at Charity in the 20’s, in the old wooden buildings.

These buildings (or this building) has served since the building sprees during the great depression, and remains as an iconic sense of art deco architecture, and/or of loss, depending on how one looks at it. It’s huge, and inside the hospital is made of of long wards in many areas. Covered in mildew, and rotting at the seams, it stands as a silent witness to indecision.

But why not look at the bright side: it’s got lots of potential.

Splash, out.

A Bit of History

OK. I have this bad habit of leaving groups of tabs open in my web browser so that I can come back to them and either read them or make note of them for future reference.

Then, I never read them and end up just closing the browser and forgetting about them all completely. Or I make note of them in my weblog, since that is after all what weblogs are for. At least they used to be before they became self published magazines of various and/or lifestyle diaries.

Point being, here are some open tabs I want to save which I came across while looking up New Orleans history…

Here’s the History of the Krewe of Rex. I found it doing image searches of Old New Orleans, which included the one seen to the left right here. Whenever I do Mardi Gras, I make it a point to go to Rex and get lots of cheap plastic beads and other assorted junk from them. I couldn’t live without it.

Louisiana Creole, which is the online home of the Louisiana Creole Research Association.

Old New Orleans. I love, love, love this site for the old photos of New Orleans it has on it. Did I mention I love this site?

The same site has old photos of Charity Hospital. My grandmother Lucille graduated from Charity in the early 30’s, married my grandfather who was interning there and worked there a few years before setting off into the world as happy young newlyweds in the Great Depression.

In fact, here is a photo from the ampitheater, where my grandmother one day was a demonstration nurse for Dr. Alton Ochsner, and was extremely nervous. She said he calmed her immediately and was extremely gracious.

Another site on Charity Hospital, this from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Charity is involved in the great debate of what to do with the site since it was closed after Katrina. I think the info might be a bit dated in the site, still, it’s of interest. To me. Here in my little weblog.

More from the National Trust et cetera, on Charity Hospital.

And this is completely interesting. Knowla. It’s a site dedicated to Knowing Louisiana. Here’s a recent article on the Great Flood of 1927, which is always fascinating. Lot’s of great photos, too!

There’s also an article on William Woodward, who is sometimes called the ‘Father of Art in New Orleans’. Who knew? Did you know that? (I didn’t.) And let’s be honest, you didn’t know that either. Did either one of us care about that? Well of course I did. And if I didn’t, you don’t know. Regardless, it’s an interesting article. And I’m glad we’ve cleared this up.

The Past Whispers has a wonderful section on Old New Orleans, with photos.

And that about wraps up all of that.

I’m considering starting up a new section devoted to sharing my thoughts on the matters, since most Catholic bloggers do that, and it does provide insights into what is going on in the world from a Catholic Perspective. Do I have time for that? Not really. But when has that ever stopped me from doing anything before? There are still 24 hours in a day, which is plenty of time to get a lot of things done. We’ll see what God will do.

Fr. Kenneth Allen