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3rd Street
"Norton Infirmary, Louisville, Ky" 
Card mailed in 1918

The John N. Norton Memorial Infirmary stood at the corner of Third and Oak Streets since 1885/6.  The house that became the infirmary was purchased by John N Norton's wife in 1881 with proceeds from the sale of her own home on Broadway, in his honor. It was a protestant hospital, Louisville's first, named for a well-loved local Episcopal priest and missionary, who died in 1881. Next to the hospital was a school of nursing, Kentucky's first.

This hospital was replaced with a newer building, entrance facing Oak Street in the 1930s, where it stayed until it merged with Children's Hospital (1969) and moved to it's present location in the downtown hospital district (1973).

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