Former Chest Hospital; Fever Hospital; Wellington Polytechnic Conservatorium of Music140 Alexandra Road
Masonry and Timber
Category II reference 5376
Map 6 Ref 9 & 23 Part of Chest Hospital Heritage Area
Statement of Significance
The Fever Hospital, built by the Wellington Hospital Board has historic value for the insight it gives into the treatment of infectious diseases in the 1920s, since its planning, and architectural features such as sun porches and verandahs attached to wards, are indicative of medical requirements that were current at the time but do not apply today. Several other hospital-related uses and, in recent times, its upgrading for use by the School of Music of the Wellington Polytechnic, have added to its historic interest. There is technical value in the original fabric of the building, significant parts of which remain intact.
This building was built as a fever hospital, by the Wellington Hospital Board, and it was completed in 1920. It replaced the first fever hospital (1911) which had been converted to a diphtheria ward. The treatment of infectious diseases steadily improved during the latter part of the 19th century. The concept of isolation was well understood by this time and the building of fever hospitals was evidence of a gathering understanding of the need to fight disease.
The former Fever Hospital consists of a main administration block with two wings, each with four wards. Verandas and sun porches were built on the north end of the building and at the end of the wings.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Concept 2 - Fever Hospital
Looking at Place and Memory,
After developing my initial concept on constructed realities, i found myself at a dead end and just did not have enough interest in the subject for it to be substantial.
So i took a step back and decided to look at an area that has much more interest to me. I am very interested in abandoned places and the certain aireness that lingers around. So i have decided to investigate the wellington fever hospital, tucked away in mt vic.
Here is a brief description of the hospital from http://wellington.govt.nz/services/heritage/details.php?id=8&m=search