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Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital, Southfield Expressway & Outer Drive, Allen Park, Wayne County, MI



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Item Title
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Location
Southfield Expressway & Outer Drive, Allen%25252525252525252525252525252525252BPark, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MI-427
Building/structure dates: 1937 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1944 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1953 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1996 subsequent work
Significance: The Allen Park Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, now known as the Allen Park Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, served as a hospital for U.S. veterans from its opening in 1939 to the present. The hospital reflects the influence of the Georgian Revival style on hospital architecture, and VA hospitals in particular, in the early to mid-twentieth century. The hospital was formally recognized for its historic and architectural significance in 1980 when it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. According to the nomination form, the Allen Park facility ...is significant in architectural and medical history at the national level and meets National Register criterion under A and C. The hospital complex forms a part of the thematic group of 50 Veterans hospitals developed by the Veterans Bureau (later the Veterans Administration) between 1920 and 1946, to provide acute and long-term medical treatment of American veterans. This hospital network constituted one of the most ambitious and one of the most advanced health care delivery systems in the world. The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Allen Park reflects the rigorous planning methodology and design policies which underlie the system. The hospital complex includes many building, each one necessary to run a large-scale medical facility and provide the highest level of care and comfort for patients. Included at the Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital were support facilities and buildings such as the kitchen, dining hall, auditorium, boiler house, laundry building, and housing for employees. Each space and building had a specific role in the overall administration of the hospital complex and contributed to its successful daily operation. Furthermore, the change in uses reflected modifications in hospital management and the shift in the Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital's needs. The additions and alterations to the Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital reflected the larger trends in medical treatment and the VA's efforts to accommodate them. These additions and interior alterations depict how the VA incorporated new and developing medical technologies, the development of medical specialties, and current approaches to treatment into the Allen Park facility to provide the most current methods of patient care. The Allen Park Veterans Hospital was constructed, expanded, and regularly altered for the benefit of America's veterans. The dedication to incorporating the most recent trends in medical care, the most up-to-date medical technology and equipment, and the provision of physical and mental support for patients at Allen Park is evidenced in the changes that continually occurred at the complex.

Subjects
Hospitals
Medical Aspects Of War
Medical Personnel


Related Names
U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
Cooper-Little Construction Company Of Detroit
F.H. McGraw Company
Barnes, Amy, Field Team
Brockett, Amy, Field Team
Christopher, Caleb, Field Team
Baugnet, Andrew, Photographer
Scheerer, E. Madeleine, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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