Mountain State Hospital

Mountain State Hospital was located at Virginia and Morris streets in Charleston, West Virginia.

The beginnings of Mountain State came when a group of local physicians, pharmacist George Kenney and state attorney general E.T. England purchased a residence on Virginia Street and founded the Mountain State Hospital in 1921.3 The hospital featured 120 beds, two operating rooms, a delivery room and nursing school. Mountain State merged with Charleston Memorial Hospital in 1969 1 and closed in 1971.2 It was used afterwards as a nursing home before closing in 1999. In 2005, the complex was purchased by Eye and Ear Clinic and demolished for a parking lot.

Digest

  • Name: Mountain State Hospital
  • Location: Virginia and Morris streets, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Years of Significance: 1921, 1971
  • Status: Demolished

Sources

  1. Point, Warren. “Charleston Area Medical Center.” e-WV. West Virginia Humanities Council, 20 Nov. 2010. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. Article.
  2. Peyton, Billy Joe. “East End.” Charleston. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2010. 62. Print.
  3. Bumgardne, Stan. “A Suburban City.” Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006. Charleston. 84. Print.

6 Comments

  1. Sometime during the late 1950's, my great uncle was a patient at Mountain State Hospital, and Mother, Grandma, and I went to see him there. I would guess that the main drawing force for my uncle and those other patients who chose Mountain State might have been the loving care that was at least perceived as being absent from other facilities. Perhaps it was its great age, a factor which helped many of advancing age to feel more comfortable in its surroundings. It was too old, too institutional for me, and I, still a growing youngster, did not like it. In later years, it became a nursing home, and I believe it had a good reputation.

    I have always been puzzled by Mt. State and have wanted to know more of the building's history. It appears to have been a house built by an affluent family of Old Charleston, in what originally was a prime residential neiborhood. Then the area changed, and the house was no longer needed as someone's residence. Having been converted to an institution, it was probably added to several times.

    I want to respect the old, and I usually do. Sometimes, though, the old loses its original dignity, and I believe Mt. State gradually lost its original dignity which was not preserved, while its purpose was being altered until the only way to grant it rest was to allow it to die in peace.

    • I was born on January 6, 1948 at Mountain State Memorial Hospital. Our family moved from West Virginia when I was nine-For the first time in 2007, I was able to see the hospital which was, of course, closed. I heard it was finally torn down. For me, that was sad because this was a wonderful historical building which could have been refurbished, and utilized for another purpose as the building had an unique outer structure. However, I was grateful to see the hospital.

  2. I was born their also in 1953. I never got to see it the family moved to Michigan for jobs. To bad it’s gone. I would have loved to seen the building.

  3. I have the fondest of memories of this hospital,myself&6 siblings we’re born here by the same doctor -Rose McClanahan.I was born in 54.Wow what a great hospital,I’m sure money put it out of business.I was in there once while it was a nursing home.Top of the stairs 1st room on the right.That’s was the baby room…

  4. MY MOTHER DELIVERED A BABY GIRL,???? ON 1-7-1961, ATTENDED BY DR.ROSE MACLANNAHAN AND WAS TOLD THE BABY WAS STILLBORD AND IN A DECOMPOSING STATE.MY MOTHER SAID THAT THE BABY WAS MOVING ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL(,AND SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE HEARD THIS BABY CRYING AFTER DELIVERY, AT. MOUNTAIN STATE HOSPITAL. MY FATHER AND AN AUNT ASKED TO VIEW THE BABY’S BODY AND WAS BROUGHT A DECEASED BABY GIRL THAT WAS A PURPLE BLACK SKIN COLOR AND TOLD NOT TO TOUCH THE BABY DUE TO DECOMPOSITION OF THE SKIN.THEY., . (MY PARENTS) NEVER BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE SHOWN THEIR BABY OR THAT THEIR BABY HAD DIED AT BIRTH.THEY HAD THREE OTHER CHILDREN AND VERY LITTLE MONEY AND BURIED THIS LITTLE BABY, ALWAYS BEING VERY UNSURE ABOUT WHETHER IT WAS THERE CHILD. OR NOT.:( THEY TALKED ALL THE REST OF THEIR LIVESXABOUT IT, EESPECIALLY MY MOTHER.

  5. I was born here August 6,1948 delivered by Dr Rose McClanahan. I found out yesterday that my neighbor who is 3 weeks older than me was also born there! We’ve been neighbors for almost 7 years! I Never got to go back and am sad it’s gone .

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