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The Red Cross Convalescent House

 

óOfficers Row ó

 
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By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
1. The Red Cross Convalescent House Marker
Inscription. Following the nationís 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 Officersí Club offering a variety of recreational activities, including movies, parties and dance.
 
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
 
Location. 45° 37.58′ N, 122° 
The Red Cross Convalescent House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
2. The Red Cross Convalescent House and Marker
40.005′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Hathaway Road, on the right when traveling west on Hathaway Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Artillery Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sutler's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Post Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. James Mission (about 400 feet away); The Infantry Barracks (about 500 feet away); Clark County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); The O. O. Howard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. The background picture includes the caption, "The opening of the Red Cross Convalescent House, seen here in 1919, was a community event. The Columbian reported, “It is as true of this building as of the Red Cross itself, that it represents the truest and noblest sentiment and [soul] of America.” Courtesy of Clark County Historical Museum, #P83.5.4.1"
 
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Front Entrance to the Red Cross Convalescent House image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
3. Front Entrance to the Red Cross Convalescent House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,635 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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