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Maine General Hospital Building

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Maine General Hospital Building
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This is the earliest photograph of Maine General Hospital in the MMC Archives' holdings. The architect, Francis Fassett, originally planned for four wings with a central building. When the hospital was dedicated in October of 1874, only one of the wings was complete. The central building followed in 1876 and the west wing in 1892.

At the time, this italian gothic edifice, with its brick and granite and many imposing towers, dominated the landscape of the west end of Portland. This structure is still visible from the Western Prom amid the many additions that have since been built.

The first patient admitted at this brand new hospital was Henry S. Harding, on November 9, 1874. Most likely, he spent his time on one of the 20 bed, 30 by 80 foot wards, each bed having a gas jet, a venting register, and a shared heating unit. For the sake of cleanliness, the walls had a hard sand finish and simple, dark woodwork. The patient would have had a view of the city from any of the very large twelve windows on the ward. Mr. Harding was not discharged until the following May and was "not relieved" of his condition according to the MGH Patient Discharge Book.

Maine General Hospital is a predecessor of Maine Medical Center, located at 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME.

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