Public Health Service Hospital

Public Health Service Hospital today
The Public Health Service Hospital today
Demolition of 1950s Public Health Service Hospital wings
Two 1950s wings added to the 1932 Public Health Service Hospital building were removed in 2008, bringing back the appearance of the original building, now known as the Presidio Landmark apartments.

The U.S. Marine Hospital was originally built on this site in 1875. In 1902, the the Marine Hospital Service was renamed the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, eventually becoming the Public Health Service. The present Public Health Service Hospital structure was completed in 1932. The Marine Hospital initially tended the needs of merchant seamen. The hospital's duties expanded in 1939, when the Public Health Service was placed under the Federal Security Agency. Eventually, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and other governmental agencies, Native Americans and Vietnam refugees were cared for here. The Public Health Service also conducted important research on plague and other communicable diseases at this site.

Two wings were added to the 1932 structure in the 1950s. After the hospital's closure in 1981, the Defense Language Institute used part of the facility from 1982 to 1988. In 2010, the main building reopened as the Presidio Landmark apartments after removal of the 1950s wings and an addition to the back of the old hospital.

Last updated: August 24, 2018

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