Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital

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Dr. Susan Picotte Memorial Hospital
Picotte Hospital from SE 2.JPG
Front of the hospital
Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital is located in Nebraska
Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital
Location 505 Matthewson St., Walthill, Nebraska
Coordinates 42°9′6″N 96°29′41″W / 42.15167°N 96.49472°W / 42.15167; -96.49472Coordinates: 42°9′6″N 96°29′41″W / 42.15167°N 96.49472°W / 42.15167; -96.49472
Built 1912
Architect William L. Steele
Architectural style Craftsman
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 88002762
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 16, 1988 [1]
Designated NHL April 19, 1993[2]

Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital, also known as Walthill Hospital or Dr. Susan Picotte Memorial Hospital, is a hospital in Walthill, Nebraska, on the Omaha Indian Reservation.

The hospital was developed by Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865–1915), the first female Native American medical doctor.[3] Built with money raised by Picotte from various sources, it was the first hospital for any Indian reservation not funded by government money.[3]

A working hospital until the late 1940s, the building has served a variety of functions since, most recently including a museum. It is now owned by the Center for Rural Affairs, which is in the process of restoring it.[3][4]

The hospital was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993.[2][5]

The building was designed by architect William L. Steele in 1912 and built in 1912–1913. Set on a concrete foundation on a hill overlooking Walthill, the one-and-one-half-story hospital was built in the American Craftsman style of architecture. Typical of Craftsman style, it features a low-pitched, shingled (originally wood-shingled) roof, wide eaves with large braces beneath, exposed roof rafter tails, and a centered gabled dormer. A prominent screened porch runs the entire length of the front (east side) of the structure, bounded by columns that support the roof.[6]

The building currently houses Mi'Jhu'Wi Ministries, a nonprofit providing services to the people of the Omaha Reservation.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  3. ^ a b c "Picotte Memorial Hospital". National American Indian Heritage Month. Washington, DC: National Park Service. November 2001. 
  4. ^ Jill S. Mesirow and Page Putnam Miller (June 19, 1992). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital / Walthill Hospital PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. p. 5. 
  5. ^ Jill S. Mesirow and Page Putnam Miller (June 19, 1992). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital / Walthill Hospital PDF (32 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 24 photos, exterior and interior, undated PDF (32 KB)
  6. ^ Jill S. Mesirow and Page Putnam Miller (June 19, 1992). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital / Walthill Hospital PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "Mi'Jhu'Wi Ministries". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

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