August 19, 2014

Lost and Found: The Ripley Memorial Hospital

Entrance to the former
Ripley Memorial Hospital 

I really enjoy the PBS series "Lost Twin Cities" which highlights historically significant buildings that have been destroyed over the years.   But there are still some important sites remaining - I will call them "Found Twin Cities."

In a previous post I talked about  Dr. Martha Ripley who opened a maternity hospital in Minneapolis in 1887.  Click here to read the previous post. Her mission was to "admit girls who have previously borne a good character, but who, under promise of marriage, have been led astray" and also to "care for destitute children born in the institution."  The hospital grew to include a residence for unmarried mothers and an infants' home.

The former Baby's Bungalow

The Ripley Memorial Hospital and many of the other buildings including the nurses residence and the baby's bungalow still stand today at 300 Queen Avenue North in Minneapolis.  The buildings have been re-purposed as apartments under the collective title of Ripley Gardens.