With Furrowed Brow

Author Axle - Last updated: 24.04.2013

It’s not often these days that we get a new location in Hamilton, ON. Sadly the most exciting part of the trip was the exterior shots and the brilliant (albet short) view from the roof. We couldn’t really stay up there long as it was a really nice day outside and the hospital grounds were fairly active (we weren’t the only ones taking advantage of the brilliant weather). Inside, it was dark, torn up and rather boring.

World War One brought a terrifying new weapon, gas. Chemical weapons were in wide spread use in Europe during the terrible conflict and brought with it many new problems for the soldiers that were exposed to it. As they started to return home from the front the Mountain Sanatorium was chosen as a site for a new infirmary to house these soldiers. Separate from the main campus, the Brow Infirmary was completed in 1916. With the number of patients on the rise as the war came to an end, two additional pavilions were constructed in 1917. The soldiers during their stay would be trained in vocational skills as well to help them reintegrate into civilian life. Heat and hot water were installed in 1933, and then in 1947 bed space was doubled by enclosing the verandas. By the 1950s the Brow’s original purpose was no longer needed. The Brow was shut down and renovated for use as a long term complex care facility, reopening in 1959 as the Convalescent and Chronic Care Centre, the name would later change to Continuing Care Centre. The Centre would care for young adults who had suffered major trauma and required long term ongoing care. By 2006 the patients were transferred to existing facilities at the Cheodoke Hospital, and the building was shut down and marked for demolition.

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Overall, Brow gets a solid rating of MEH in my books. I really don’t plan on going back.

Nikon D300 – AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G

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