NPS Number: 05001499

The Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital consists of the multi-winged hospital building constructed in phases in 1925, 1931, 1938, 1961, and 1966; and the nurses’ dormitory constructed in 1931. Each phase of the hospital building was designed slightly differently so the entire building is not characteristic of any particular style. Elements of Spanish Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Art Deco, and Streamline Moderne are seen in the various additions. Most of the building was constructed of reinforced concrete with a stucco finish. Roofs are generally flat with some use of red tile over pitched areas. The complex was listed at the State level of significance in the areas of Health and Medicine for the association with the history of industrial medicine and healthcare in California. Railroads were one of the first industries to organize a system to respond to accidents and illnesses of their labor force. The hospitals and physicians associated with railroads helped develop the field of industrial medicine and the concept of pre-paid healthcare. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company was one of several railroads to establish their own system of hospitals. The Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital is one of only two hospitals constructed by the company that still survives. Although the company continued to own the hospital through the mid-1980s, the period of significance ends in 1955 because nothing of exceptional significance occurred thereafter. The only other remaining railroad hospitals in California are the Southern Pacific Railroad Hospital in San Francisco and the Western Pacific Railroad Hospital in Portola.

Registration Date: 1/3/2006

City: Los Angeles
County: Los Angeles

610-30 S. Louis St.

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