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Battle Creek Sanitarium / Percy Jones Hospital
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 42° 19.567 W 085° 11.388
16T E 649150 N 4687572
Quick Description: Located at the northeast corner of Washington and Champion Streets. As one of the tallest structures in Battle Creek, the building is hard to miss. Parking available. Check out the photos link in Wikipedia.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2007 11:44:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM1A31
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dew Crew
Views: 180

Long Description:
The Battle Creek Sanitarium opened in 1866 as the Western Health Reform Institute. The institute was founded on health principles advocated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In 1876, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg became the medical superintendent at the sanitarium. Kellogg's many innovations included the use of radiation therapy for cancer patients and the invention of flaked cereal. The sanitarium burned in 1902; the following year a six-story Italian Renaissance Revival-style building, designed by Dayton, Ohio, architect Frank M. Andrews, was constructed. Kellogg's brother W. K. Kellogg worked at the sanitarium for twenty-six years before leaving to establish the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flakes Company. The Battle Creek Sanitarium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1928 the Battle Creek Sanitarium was enlarged with a fourteen-story "towers" addition and dining room annex designed by M. J. Morehouse of Chicago. After the stock market crashed in 1929, business declined; the facility went into receivership in 1933. The sanitarium continued to occupy the site until 1942 when the U. S. Army purchased the buildings and established the Percy Jones General Hospital, named for an army surgeon whose thirty year career included commanding ambulance units during World War I. The hospital specialized in neurosurgery, plastic surgery and the fitting of artificial limbs. Approximately 100,000 military patients were treated at the hospital before it closed permanently in 1953. In 1954 the building became the Battle Creek Federal Center.
Historical Name: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Frank M. Andrews, W. K. Kellogg, M. J. Morehouse, Percy Jones

Parking nearby?: yes

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website: [Web Link]

Registered Site #: Local Site #0597

Historical Date: Not listed

Description: Not listed

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