Saint Joseph Sanitarium and Bath House

Saint Joseph Sanitarium and Bath House (HM1LY2)

Location: Mount Clemens, MI 48043 Macomb County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 36.413', W 82° 52.814'

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Opened in 1899, the Saint Joseph Sanitarium and Bath House is the only building remaining from the Mount Clemens bath era. Beginning in 1870, people suffering from rheumatism, blood poisoning, diabetes and skin diseases, among other ailments, sought the curative powers of the baths. The city was hailed as "The Great Health & Pleasure Resort of Michigan." By 1911 the city boasted 78 hotels and 11 bath houses. Elegant and modern, Saint Joseph Sanitarium sported parlors, a library, steam heat, electric lighting, and a hydraulic elevator. It offered mineral baths until 1952.

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In 1900 the Sisters of Charity of Mount Saint Joseph established a fifty-bed hospital in the Saint Joseph Sanitarium and Bath House, which they operated. That same year, the director, Sister Immaculata D'Arcambal, founded one of the first state-licensed nurse training programs here. Saint Joseph's eventually became the major hospital between Detroit and Port Huron. The present structure comprises the original Colonial Revival building, designed by local architect Theopholus Van Damme, and several additions. In 1990 Saint Joseph's was transferred to the Sisters of Mercy.
HM NumberHM1LY2
Marker NumberL1344
Year Placed1997
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at 2:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 345769 N 4718874
Decimal Degrees42.60688333, -82.88023333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 36.413', W 82° 52.814'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 36' 24.78" N, 82° 52' 48.84" W
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Area Code(s)586
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 215-233 North Ave, Mount Clemens MI 48043, US
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