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National and State Registers of Historic Places

St. Thomas Hospital

Picture of property 210 S. Range Ave.
Colby (Thomas County)
Listed in National Register Jan 2, 2013

Architect: Radotinsky, Joseph; Overend and Boucher
Category: hospital
Thematic Nomination: New Deal-era Resources of Kansas

St. Thomas Hospital was constructed in 1941 through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal program that funded the construction of 130 new hospitals nationwide and improvements to 1,670 more. There were only two new hospitals in Kansas constructed with WPA funds, one in Colby and the other in Oswego. The three-story Colby hospital was designed by Kansas City architect Joseph Radotinsky in the Georgian Revival style utilizing brick salvaged from the old high school on the same site. The facility was expanded in 1948, under the supervision of Wichita architects Overend and Boucher, to include a four-story addition housing a new polio ward and emergency facilities and a two-story chapel. It was nominated as part of the New Deal-Era Resources of Kansas multiple property nomination for its significance in the areas of health and medicine.

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