A special dispatch to the Standard says: The plans and specifications for the alterations and improvements in the United States Marine Hospital at this place have been received by the Surgeon in Charge, and are now ready for inspection at his (Dr. Glennan’s) office. Proposals have been invited, which will be opened at the office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department at Washington, April 12, at 2 p.m. and work should commence at the latest, in 60 days.
The ground plan is in sort of a hollow square, with the executive building 50x42 feet, in front, which has two stories and an attic. Extending from the rear corners of the executive building are two glass covered porches leading to the two wards, which are 29x56 feet. Extending from the rear corners of each are the smoking and bath rooms, 17x27 feet, then from the smoking rooms, connected by glass covered porches, are the attendants’ quarters, kitchen, etc., all in one building. The attendants quarters are 30x43 feet and two stories high.
In the center of the building is a hollow “square” 80 by 130 feet. In the executive building will be located the surgeon’s office and reception room, each 15 by 17 feet. The dispensary and operating room, each 14 by 15 feet, and the steward’s office 7 by 15 feet, and large halls and stairway. The upper story and attic will be devoted as the steward’s quarters.
The boiler room will be underneath one of the bath rooms.
The entire building is to be constructed of the best material in every detail, and be supplied with all modern improvements and hygienic appliances and advantages. The old hospital will be removed from its present site and utilized in the new building which will be located further to the rear of the lot, thereby allowing space for the erection of surgeon’s quarters, on the front of the lot at some future time.
The new hospital, which will probably cost $30,000, will be a decided improvement on the old one, the original of which was the second marine hospital established in the United States, and at a time when there was not one-tenth the number of patients landed here for treatment that there are at present. The station has been steadily increasing, and is now quite an important one.