St. Joseph's Hospital

1717 S. J Street, Tacoma


St. Joseph's Hospital

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Photo taken by K. A. Erickson on May 26, 2012



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"St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma Washington, is an eye-catching and extremely complex design. The three-dimensionally curved column capitals and the undulating shell surface could have been costly and troublesome. And Tacoma is in a seismic area. But things went smoothly because reinforced concrete was the material of choice." - from Concrete Reinforcing Steel advertisement

Built at the same time as another of Bertrand Goldberg's innovative structures, Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma was the first to “employ the advantages of a "shell" wall construction.”

Update Log 

  • May 26, 2012: Added by K. A. Erickson