Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sepia Scenes #34: St. Agnes Hospital Restoration


"Separate Is Inherently Unequal"
Raleigh, NC - December 2008 (Click to embiggen)

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I have to confess that I'm mostly ignorant of the history behind this hospital on the campus of St. Augustine's College. I'd never heard of St. Agnes Hospital until the day I took this photo, and it was only because of the sign in front that I knew what it was then. St. Aug is one of the two oldest predominantly black colleges in town (Shaw University being the other) and if I had to guess, I'd guess that St. Agnes dates back to the days of segregated health care (yes children, there was once such a thing).Violence UnSilenced
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17 comments:

Shadow said...

they are restoring it, arent' they? it may be delapidated but even i can see the potential here...

maryt/theteach said...

I wonder what it will be when it's done? Perfect post for Sepia Scenes!

alphawoman said...

Magnificent in its sepia tones!

Daryl said...

Sepia perfection

Annie said...

This building has great bones. I hope they restore it someday.

Vita Stunder said...

This is sepia-perfection Mojo!

But with the knowledge of what it used to be in this building I can still here screams when I see this picture...

And so you know..
I have voted for you! OF COURSE! ;)

napaboaniya said...

You've heard of hospitals been like a magnet for the supernatural stuffs right :P
Bless those souls, I hope they'll like their newly revamp home..

ewok1993 said...

are they restoring it? i can only imagine what it looks like in its heyday.

Ralph said...

The building had a stout style with the stone facade. Even if the purpose of the original building wasn't pure, the look is of edifices was the architecture of the day. The sepia gives is an under construction mode...

Dianne said...

skeltons of the past
amazing caption

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Some reminders of the past are not happy, are they? But just because the memories are sad doesn't mean we ought to forget.

Barbara said...

Perfect subject for sepia. Smiles Barbara

judi said...

I really like the symmetry and heft this building has and the way you captured both.

Robin said...

The photo gives the building a real feel of quiet strength, or perhaps quiet desperation. We've come a long way since those days, but the road yet to travel is still long.

DeLi said...

even if ive never been there i can imagine how history-full it is...nicely captured!

PJ said...

Are they going to refurbish it? It looks fascinating, especially with its historical significance. great idea for Sepia Scenes, Mojo.

tarheelrambler said...

Mojo, here's a link to some information about St. Agnes: http://www.visitraleigh.com/visitors/things_to_do/listing.details.php?partner=14926&name=Saint%20Agnes%20Hospital

Another great picture. I need to explore some of the older college campuses in town because there is some great architecture on them.