Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Orange County Hospital Building (1914-2010)

According to UCI Medical Center, the old 1914 Orange County Hospital building they inherited "is being demolished soon." The building had a couple additions over the years, but they were consistent with the original design. The central portion of the building looks much like it did when it was new. Go see it (amid the towers of UCI Medical Center) while you still can. I've also posted a couple recent photos of the front and back of the building on Flickr.
For its part, UCI Medical Center will hold an event "Celebrating the Life of Building 10" on Jan. 28, 11:30am-1pm. "We invite you to hear from leadership and employees whose lives have been touched by [our] oldest building. Refreshments will be served."
They are also holding a "storytelling contest": "Share with us your fondest memory of Building 10 before it's removed from our medical center campus. Write a few sentences about the impact or impression this building has had on you. All contest participants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. Your story may also appear in print and be featured at this event.The contest deadline is Friday, December 18, 2009. Please e-mail Connie Worden at"
What can I say?
Maybe some of you historians out there can use this as an opportunity to tell the story of the County Hospital.


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Hally Soboleske said...

Do they have the EIR online somewhere?

Chris Jepsen said...

Not that I've noticed.

Perhaps buildings owned by state agencies (UCI) don't have to comply with CEQA?

You'd probably know more about these issues than I do, Hally.

I just know it's kinda disturbing that Orange's preservationists have decided this building doesn't matter simply because it's outside of the Downtown historical district. (There IS important stuff beyond the Plaza, folks!)