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Agnews State Hospital, Dining Hall, Beteween Avenue A & End of Palm Drive, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB193944
BWPhotos 377176

HB193945
BWPhotos 377177

HB193946
BWPhotos 377178

HB193947
BWPhotos 377179


Item Title
BWPhotos 377179

Location
Beteween Avenue A & End of Palm Drive, Santa%2525252525252525252525252BClara, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2710-Z
Building/structure dates: 1908 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1926 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1958 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1998 demolished
Significance: Building 39 is significant during the period from 1908 to 1941 as an integral component of the reconstruction of Agnews State Hospital in a pavilion plan. The 1907 design for the hospital symbolized not only a reconfiguration of buildings into smaller structures in a park-like setting, but an important change in the perspectives on and the treatment of patients. Agnews was the first mental facility in California to switch from the confinement and permanent housing of patients to humane treatment (including exposure to clean air and sunlight) with the hope of release. Building 39 represents the food service portion of the plan. In keeping with the pavilion model, Building 39 was constructed as a small, specialized unit surrounded by grass and trees, with ample windows. In addition, Building 39 and the other structures from the 1907 plan are important as early attempts to use reinforced concrete as an 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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