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Agnews State Hospital, Treatment Building, East End of Palm Drive, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, CA



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Item Title
BWPhotos 377164

Location
East End of Palm Drive, Santa%2525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252BClara, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2710-U
Building/structure dates: 1908 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1994 subsequent work
Significance: Building No. 30 is significant as an integral component of the 1908 reconstruction of Agnews State Hospital in a pavilion plan. The new plan for the hospital represented not only a reconfiguration of buildings into smaller structures in a park-like setting, but an important change in the perspectives on and treatment of patients. Agnews was the first mental facility in California to switch from the confinement and permanent housing of patients to humane treatment with the hope of release. Building No. 30, the Treatment Building, played a central role in both the physical plan of the hospital and its changed mission. Building No. 30 is situated at the head of Palm Drive, the main approach to the complex and serve as a visual symbol of the hospital's new purpose. It housed staff and medical offices, laboratories dedicated to the study of mental disorders, and treatment facilities such as hydrotherapy units. In addition, Building No. 30 and the other structures from the 1908 plan are important as early attempts to use reinforced concrete as a earthquake and fire-resistant material.

Related Names
Porter, William, Photographer
Stock, Jody, Historian
Corbett, Michael, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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