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North Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District

The Navy Base

 
 
Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
1. Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker
Inscription. The Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. The 32 buildings and structures that comprise the district represent two periods of development at the Naval Base that closely relate to the growth of the Navy during the 20th century. A prior hospital, constructed in 1917, was demolished in 1922 as demand for hospital services declined after World War I. Only two Craftsman-style residential cottages built in 1917 survive from that period (Quarters 1 and 2), while the remainder of the structures were built just prior to and during World War II, including the existing hospital complex.

Three groups of buildings comprise the historic district: treatment facilities centered on the main hospital complex; service related buildings located to the east of the main hospital building; and residential buildings for officers and staff that are located to the west and south of the hospital. Spanish Colonial style influences such as smooth white walls, hipped roofs with overhanging eaves, and red terra cotta roof tiles are prevalent throughout the district.

The Naval Hospital continued to serve sailors, those who worked at the base and their families until 1972, when a new high-rise hospital was built on nearby Rivers Avenue.
Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
2. Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker




Source: National Register of Historic Places nomination: Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District (listed 2010)

 
Erected 2013 by Preservation Society of Charleston, Noisette Company.
 
Location. 32° 51.922′ N, 79° 58.527′ W. Marker is in North Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Turnbull Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located between Avenue F and Avenue G on Charleston Naval Base. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1960 Turnbull Avenue, North Charleston SC 29405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charleston Naval Yard Officers' Quarters Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Charleston Navy Yard Historic District (approx. half a mile away); The Navy Base (approx. 0.6 miles away); Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wooden Ships And Iron Men (approx. 0.6 miles away); 41 For Freedom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Greyhounds Of The Fleet (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Gator Navy (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Charleston.
 
Regarding Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District. The Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District is nationally significant
Main Hospital Building image. Click for full size.
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3. Main Hospital Building
as an example of the United States effort to mobilize medical support for the Navy during World Wars I and II and the Navy's ability to create a permanent and professional medical service for Navy personnel and their dependents. These healthcare facilities were placed at the Charleston Navy Base and planned in a manner consistent with military protocol to organize medical treatment,support services, and residential units. The district is also architecturally significant for buildings and structures that reflect the time periods in which they were constructed corresponding to large building periods at the Charleston Navy Base during the First and Second World Wars. The majority of buildings have a unifying architectural language which incorporates both Spanish Colonial and Mission style forms with Modern details and materials. Two residential buildings and support structures date from the First World War and exhibit Craftsmen Bungalow features. The Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District is an intact collection of thirty-two buildings located in the northwest corner of the former Charleston Navy Base. There are three groups of buildings that comprise the District: treatment facilities centered on the main hospital complex, service related buildings located to the east of the main hospital, and residential buildings largely located to the west and south of the hospital. The earliest
Sick Officers' Quarters Annex image. Click for full size.
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4. Sick Officers' Quarters Annex
extant structures in the district date from 1917 during construction of hospital facilities to serve an increased labor force at the base during World War I. The large majority of the historic resources in the district date from World War II when the first permanent hospital facilities were constructed at the base. Listed in the National Register October 22, 2010. (South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
Also see . . .  National Register of Historic Places nomination form. ... Many of these hospital buildings sit vacant today but a few completed projects and one ongoing historic rehabilitation effort have brought a renewed sense of energy to this collection of buildings. (Submitted on July 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Nurses Quarters image. Click for full size.
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5. Nurses Quarters
Medical Storage Building image. Click for full size.
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6. Medical Storage Building
Buildings 758 and 759 image. Click for full size.
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7. Buildings 758 and 759
Quarters 2 Building 760 - cottage built in 1917 image. Click for full size.
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8. Quarters 2 Building 760 - cottage built in 1917
Building 761 Quarters 1 - cottages built in 1917 image. Click for full size.
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9. Building 761 Quarters 1 - cottages built in 1917
Buildings 762 and 763 - Dwellings image. Click for full size.
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10. Buildings 762 and 763 - Dwellings
Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Map image. Click for full size.
Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker, June 16, 2013
11. Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Map


Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker 1960 Turnbull Avenue,Main Building image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
12. Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker 1960 Turnbull Avenue,Main Building
Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Main Building seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
13. Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Main Building seen today
Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker along Turnbull Avenue looking east image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
14. Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District Marker along Turnbull Avenue looking east
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on July 30, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   14. submitted on July 31, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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