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1   Patient Wards
2   Patient Wards
3   Employees Home
5   Work Shop
6   Power Plant
7   Medical Bldg
8   Building A
9   Building B
10 Building C
11 Building D
15 Patient Wards
18 Family Houses
19 Family Houses
21 22 Admissions
23 Recreation Ctr
27 Cemetery
27 Reservoir
29 Power Plant
31 Bowling Lanes
32 Club House
35 Staff Dorm
36 Nurses Home
37 Staff Dorm
38 Tailor Shop
39 Continue Therapy
40 Infirmary
41 42 43 - Group 4
44 Storehouse
45 Water Tower
46 Root Cellar
46 Farm Out Bldg
47 Pig Pens
47 Dairy Barn
48 Grounds Bldg
49 Drís House
52 School
56 Community Store
57 Repair Shop
58 Ice House
59 Power Plant
60 Shoe Shop
60 Pump House
61 Shed
62 Grounds Maint
65 Green House
66 Sewage Plant
67 Directors House
68 Garage
69 Green House
70 Hot Beds
71 Six Car Garage
72 Tool House
74 Mechanics House
75 Garage
76 Garage
77 Chief Engineer
78 Staff Housing
80 York Hall
81 Chemical House
82 Mortuary
83 Fire House
84 Pump House
85 Pump House
86 Blacksmith Shop
89 Bathrooms
88 Slaughter House
90 Macy Hall
91 Garage
92 Tiffany Field
93 Patient Wards
94 Laundry Bldg
95 Drís Cottage
96 Drís Cottage
97 Drís Cottage
98 Drís Cottage
99 Drís Cottage
100 Drís Cottage
101 Drís Cottage
122 Female Wards
123 Dinning Hall
124 Female Wards
151 Patient Housing
152 Patient Housing
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Group 1

Built c.1898's


Group One was a red brick building with hardwood floors and red clay tile shingled roofs built in a horse shoe shape with the main building in the middle housing the Doctors and then the long wide curved hallways leading to the wards. There was a wing off the rear of the middle that housed the kitchen which was shared by building 15 Wisteria House when it was first built.


Photograph - Kings Park Heritage Museum
Some of the kitchen staff c.1920's
The woman in white standing is Mae Cusick who became a nurse around 1928

We had 175 patients in building 15 whom we fed in a dinning room in Group 1. They had female service and fed a thousand patients, 500 female 500 male.                  -   Greg Szurnicki


Photo by Jerry Melvin 1964
There were two other smaller buildings that also made up Group I


The buildings had been abandoned for a few years when they caught fire one afternoon in September of 1972

This picture is from the Kings Park Fire Department's Collection, Ernie, a lifelong KP Firefighter explained how he was fighting a brush fire in another part of town when he got a call for the Group 1 fire, "drop everything and get here now!"

Ernie told his son to go home a get the camera, which he did. Ernie's 12 year old son shot these pictures in 1972:


Fueled by decades of wax soaked wood floors the fire burned in to the night

I was living on Upper Dock Road, across from Group Three the Sept 1972 night of the Group One fire! Old Group One was unoccupied at the time. I remember the embers falling from the sky, and being glad that the fire had not started in late October or November, when all the leaves were on the ground! If you look at those pictures they resemble photo's of England and Germany during the bombings of World War 2! Group One was constructed of bricks, wood lathe siding and oaken floors. These floors had been waxed for over 80 years, and were well soaked in that volatile substance. The basement was a museum of an antiquated belt driven hot air systems, surrounded by the dust and detritus that come with an old building. When the flame of fire hit this combination, conflagration was the result! I had worked in Group One, occasionally, as a young plumber's helper! I was fascinated by this old regal relic. My mother had come to work in KPSH in 1933, and was assigned to the dining room in Group One. I'm sure many more of my relatives had worked at some time or other at this Group! This long, rambling edifice, with its turrets, arches, connecting hallways and out buildings, was part of the beginning of KPSH! It went out in style, a blaze of glory, spared the indignity of the wrecking ball! Word has it many of the leftover bricks made their way to "Group Six", a place only those of us that worked there understand! I like to think that Group One still exist today, its bricks nestled carefully in the fire places of friendly houses!
                                                                                                                           - Kelly

 

                                
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131 Cottage G
132 Cottage H
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134 Cottage J
135 Convalescent
136/137 Medical / Surgical
138 Patient Wards
139 Dinning Hall
140 Crises Housing
142 Elderly Living
143 Patient Wards
144 Staff Housing
147 Patient Wards

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Well House 1
Well House 2
Well House 3
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