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Agnews State Hospital, Administration Building, Intersection of Palm Drive & North Circle Drive, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, CA



B&W Photos

HB193091
BWPhotos 377057

HB193092
BWPhotos 377058

HB193093
BWPhotos 377059

HB193094
BWPhotos 377060

HB193095
BWPhotos 377061

HB193096
BWPhotos 377062

HB193097
BWPhotos 377063

HB193098
BWPhotos 377064


Item Title
BWPhotos 377064

Location
Intersection of Palm Drive & North Circle Drive, Santa%2525252BClara, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2710-A
Building/structure dates: 1908 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1999 subsequent work
Significance: Building 1 is significant as an integral component of the 1908 reconstruction of Agnews State Hospital in a pavilion plan. The new design 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 scientific treatment with the hope of release. Building 1 housed the administrative functions of the hospital and included rooms for: records, a general library, a medical library, offices for the superintendent and other administrators, a board room and overnight facilities for the Board of Managers. In addition, Building 1 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 A., Photographer
Stock, Jody, Historian
Corbett, Michael, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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