The Red Cross Convalescent House

The Red Cross Convalescent House (HM5IV)

Location: Vancouver, WA 98661 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 37.58', W 122° 40.005'

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— Officers Row —

Following the nation's entry into World War I, the American Red Cross was authorized to construct convalescent houses adjacent to military hospitals. These facilities provided recreation away from a hospital atmosphere, and helped boost the morale of recuperating patients. The Red Cross provided writing supplies, books, games, movies, and other diversions, and offered hospitality to visiting family members.

The construction of this building, a unique adaptation to standard plans, was completed in only four months due to the efforts of local trade unions and widespread community support.

The convalescent house at Vancouver Barracks was dedicated in February of 1919, and for a time continued its role in patient care. It was furnished with locally-made wicker furniture and the flags of World War I allies.

The last hostess for the convalescent house was E.B. Hamilton, after whom the main hall is now named. As the activities of the Red Cross diminished, the building was transferred to the Army and became a Non-Commissioned Officers' Club offering a variety of recreational activities, including movies, parties and dance.
HM NumberHM5IV
Placed ByVancouver National Historic Reserve
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 5:34am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 525977 N 5052585
Decimal Degrees45.62633333, -122.66675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 37.58', W 122° 40.005'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 37' 34.80" N, 122° 40' 0.30" W
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Area Code(s)360
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 638 Barnes St, Vancouver WA 98661, US
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