The corner of Calle Arroceros and Calle Conception Manila, Philippines
On a plot covering 4 acres. 30 long one story buildings, Spanish style, pointing toward the center of the property.
In 1920 it's name was changed from-
DEPARTMENT HOSPITAL P.I., to STERNBERG GENERAL HOSPITAL. In honor of Brig. General George Miller Sternberg, founder of Army Medical Corp. He served with distinction during the Spanish American War as Surgeon General. He was responsible for upgrading the sanitation and other Military Hospital systems.
The location of the Hospital is also described as near Intamuros and not far from the Pasig River in crowded Manila.
Where does that put the Hospital today, if any of it still exists?
Are those street corners still in existence?
Are the streets behind the City Hall of Manila, and is the three or four story current Government building there the remaining Sternberg General Hospital that was used by both the U.S. and the Japanese during WWII?
Does anyone have any past and current pictures of Sternberg Hospital?
Conception street is right where the building I am talking about is located behind the City Hall.
T.F. says the original Sternberg Hospital complex was made of wood and destroyed during the war. Not sure if it was rebuilt after the war. The building I'm seeing was prewar but of concrete construction. It was rebuilt by American forces in 1946 I think the plaque said.
Whatever the building was, it's worth some of your great photo's. The high pillared, inside, wide, hallways, open to the courtyard below. The entrance way etc.
Col. Matibag's Office building, (Tourist Bureau building), located in Luneta Park nearby, also would make for some great photo's.
Thanks again for your fine research, maps and photos.
Wondering if the G.S.I.S. building was once just part of the old Hospital complex of Sternberg General Hospital? or just another Government building in the Government complex across the street from the Hospital?
Not sure if its still the old G.S.I.S. building today........ but it is full of courtrooms still. I walked all the halls and stairways there a few years ago, you can feel the old world history.
The high ceilings and doorways with open-able glass windows above the doorway are still visible. Definitely pre air-conditioning construction for maximum airflow. Most of course closed off now and adulterated to make the rooms air conditioned. The building does look a little worse for ware but is well built none the less.
As I mentioned above, see the Dept of Tourism building in Luneta Park nearby for comparison. It's much bigger overall and in better shape.
Actually visiting and looking at how well built these buildings are, you can get a feel for how hard it was to get the entrenched Japanese out of them in 1945, when the building were fought for floor by floor and room by room in most cases.
The Manila Post Office is also a must visit in the area.
These old Government buildings, just outside Intramuros, had been rebuilt after the war but were severely damaged in 1945.
I will get fots to go on a tour of these buildings with me in the future, if he wishes, so we can get his photo eye involved in this historical area. Before and after photo's here would tell a story.
Hey Phantom.....I will await, with baited breath, the results of your "safari" with Fots and his "little pocket camera". His little "gadget" always produces magical work,etc not to mention his obvious talent at "aiming and shooting". I am surprised that you all haven't done this before now. Only in the past few evenings did I watch, for the umpteenth time, footage of the fighting/results of the 1945 liberation of Manila from the Japanese yoke. That city and its citizens surely suffered just as much as did the folks in Berlin/Warsaw and smaller cities in Italy (Cassino,etc). Sure, Berlin had more people and the Red Army had many more soldiers involved in the fight, but Manila, for her size, population,etc took just as severe a beating during the ground fighting. Yes, Berlin was bombed daily prior to the street fighting, but still was a formidable task facing the Red Army. I suppose one could argue who, Red Army troops or the Emperor's legions, committed the more horrendous atrocities on the civilian populace, but I would venture that the little men from the North would get the majority vote. Methinks, they had "nuances" along these lines that the Comrades hadn't conceived of as yet (1945). Looking forward to you two guys being on the loose with the little photo gadget of Fots, that does such wonderful work. Cheers. Postscript....I would appreciate you asking some innocent bystander to take a photo of you two. I would appreciate seeing what my benefactors look like.
JackJensen: I came across my father's name - Capt. Paul Jensen - who was with the CIC, on the forum. I'm hoping to find more, though it appears that his area - Sicily, North Africa - was not the focus of the board. So, I'm not sure how much I can contribute.
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EXO: To clarify: There are a disturbing number of applicants for membership who are not reading the rules. As a result, new members who have not made a relevant post within 3 months may be deleted without further notice, on the ground they are "bots".
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