Fort Howard Hospital

2640 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay, Wisconsin

Simple but dignified 1-1/2 story, gable-roofed, wood structure of Federal design

Photos 

Structure in its Original Location

The structure was moved to Heritage Hill State Park in 1975. This photograph was taken on April 18, 1934 as part of a HABS Survey.

Photo taken by Alexander C. Guth for the Historic American Building Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Description 

The Fort Howard hospital was moved into a residential area to preserve it after Fort Howard was abandoned and sold to the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. At that time, the read wing was disconnected, otherwise, the structure would not fit on its lot.

The separated wing is listed on the NRHP as the Fort Howard Ward. When the structures were moved to Heritage Hill in 1982, the ward building was reattached to the hospital in its correct location.

For a time in 1826-1828, Dr. William Beaumont was post surgeon here, coming from Mackinac where he had made his first observations and experimentations on gastric digestion on Alexis St. Martin. He would be more famous for his later work on the human gastric process at Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 22, 1979
Reference number
71001075
Architectural style
Federal
Areas of significance
Military; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Hospital
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1816; 1817; 1867

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
  • September 15, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning

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