Statement as issued Tuesday by the Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
WOLF LAKE – The Luckey Hospital Museum has been approved to pursue a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, according to John Bry, community asset development director of the Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The museum’s listing is the ninth individual listing for Noble County, which also has three historic districts on the register. State officials noted the building is significant for its architecture and uniqueness as a repository of medical history. “The hospital is an unusual historic resource from around the state,” the review board said.
The application was approved Jan. 23 along with 16 other applications from around Indiana. It now goes to the United States Department of the Interior, manager of the register, to be listed in a process that takes about two months.
Bry said the CVB proposed the museum’s nomination more than a year ago and put the museum in touch with Kurt Garner, a consultant from Plymouth, to complete its application. A listing on the National Register of Historic Places opens the door for funding for renovation and rehabilitation of the building, Bry said.
Dr. James E. Luckey began construction on the hospital in 1929 and it was fully operational in 1931. The terrazzo floors came from Italy.
It served as a hospital until 1957 and was used as a nursing home, apartments and a private home before the founder’s great-nieces, Mary Goodrich and Shirley Hile, both retired registered nurses, bought the building in 2000.
The museum’s collection of obsolete medical equipment features a surgery room, nurse’s room of uniforms dating from the 1930s, a patient’s room, and a fully functional iron lung, a symbol of the scourge of polio until the 1950s.
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