Mount Clemens in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Saint Joseph Sanitarium and Bath House
Opened in 1899, the Saint Joseph Sanitarium and Bath House is the only building remaining from the Mount Clemens bath era. Beginning in 1870, people suffering from rheumatism, blood poisoning, diabetes and skin diseases, among other ailments, sought the curative powers of the baths. The city was hailed as "The Great Health & Pleasure Resort of Michigan." By 1911 the city boasted 78 hotels and 11 bath houses. Elegant and modern, Saint Joseph Sanitarium sported parlors, a library, steam heat, electric lighting, and a hydraulic elevator. It offered mineral baths until 1952.
In 1900 the Sisters of Charity of Mount Saint Joseph established a fifty-bed hospital in the Saint Joseph Sanitarium and Bath House, which they operated. That same year, the director, Sister Immaculata D'Arcambal, founded one of the first state-licensed nurse training programs here. Saint Joseph's eventually became the major hospital between Detroit and Port Huron. The present structure comprises the original Colonial Revival building, designed by local architect Theopholus Van Damme, and several additions. In 1990 Saint Joseph's was transferred to the Sisters of Mercy.
Erected 1997 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 36.413′ N, 82° 52.814′ W. Marker is in Mount Clemens, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is at the intersection of North Avenue and Yeamans Street, on the left when traveling north on North Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 North Avenue, Mount Clemens MI 48043, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Mary's School (approx. half a mile away); Carnegie Library (approx. half a mile away); Zion Church (approx. half a mile away); Crocker House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mount Clemens Mineral Bath Industry (approx. 0.7 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Clinton Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Clemens.
Also see . . . Cutter's guide to Mt. Clemens: The great health and pleasure resort of Michigan. See a guide to Mount Clemens from 1901 in Google Books. (Submitted on July 17, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Saint Joseph is now part of Henry Ford Macomb Hospital's Mt. Clemens campus.
— Submitted July 17, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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