History of the Campuses and Buildings of the University of Rochester
United States Hotel Prince Street Campus Eastman School of Music Medical Center River Campus Mid-Campus South Campus Mt. Hope Campus Graduate, Family and Veteran Housing Central Utilities Other Off-Site Buildings
Medical Center Staff House


Staff House in late 1920s



Staff House with 1929 addition on August 4, 1931
Staff House in 1968 with East Wings removed.

The Staff House was opened in 1925 to house 55 residents and was expanded in 1929 to house a total of 90.

The living accommodations were closed in 1968, when the two wings were demolished along with the south portion of the building to facilitate construction of the new Strong Memorial Hospital.  The building today is used for offices and storerooms.

The building will be demolished in 2022 to accommodate the new Emergency Department expansion.


References
1936 The First Decade 1926-1936 
Page 21:  Excavation for the Staff House was begun in September, 1924. It was built at first to accommodate 55 staff members, but was subsequently enlarged in 1929 to its present capacity of 90.

1957 Planning and Construction Period of the School and Hospitals 1921-1925. bu George H. Whipple, M.D.| pdf |
Page 31:  The Staff House construction was begun in September, 1924. The first unit gave accommodations for fifty-five staff members and within four years it was enlarged to accommodate ninety. This gave adequate accommodations for the resident staff serving the Strong Memorial and Municipal Hospitals, and also for pre-clinical juniors. It was thought that this residence association for pre-clinical and clinical department juniors would make for better understanding and cooperative work. Experience has proved that the decision to include pre-clinical juniors in the Staff House was wise and forward-looking. It is to be hoped that it will always continue.

1975 To each his farthest star:  The University of Rochester Medical Center -1925-1975, edited by Edward C. Atwater and John Romano.
Page 59:  The Staff House was a center of Medical School life. Every member of the resident staff slept there, and phones rang at odd hours. In addition, some bachelor faculty members and some graduate students had rooms there. A large common room contained a radio and a Victrola. There was Saturday night poker. Once a year the house staff mounted a stage performance, for men only, showing how the faculty looked from the underside. The house was originally planned for 55 residents. This number was reached after three years of Hospital operation, when the house was enlarged. Members of the house staff did not receive salaries.
Page 253:  Further preparation for the new hospital included removal of the tennis courts from in front of the Staff House and construction of new courts elsewhere.The Staff House itself was partially razed by removal of its wings, including the Staff House lounge.


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