To celebrate my 100th post, published yesterday, I wanted to choose an image which was, to me, truly new. One I don’t remember ever seeing before, nor knowing anything about.
This building was in the 100 (no coincidence) block of West Pender Street (at Abbott) and the image was made in 1949. It was the Rotary Clinic.
The Rotary Club led the campaign to raise funds for the founding of the clinic which was intended to diagnose and treat tuberculosis. It was established in 1919 and continued to operate until 1933.
The clinic should not be confused with the Vancouver Preventorium (as of the date this post was published, the CVA mistakenly identified one of its images of the clinic as the Preventorium). The Preventorium (shown below) was opened in 1931 (just a couple of years before the clinic closed) and operated until the 1950s. It initially was intended to treat children who had TB, but as TB became less prevalent, the Preventorium became a paediatric long-term facility (for kids with polio and other crippling diseases). It was located in the Grandview area.
If you’d like to read more about the clinic and the Preventorium and the staff who treated people at these sites, see this link.