Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monte Sano Hospital & Sanitarium

Postcard undated. Monte Sano Hospital & Sanitarium, 2834 Glendale Blvd. (at Waverly), Silver Lake. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Monte Sano was California's first osteopathic hospital, built in 1923 and closed sometime in the 1970s. According to The Merger M.D.s & D.O.s in Early California, Monte Sano was "envisioned as the perfect recuperation resort on its hill of health."

There's not a lot of information on Monte Sano available online. There is a reference to a person born at Monte Sano, as well as references to people staying at Monte Sano, but not much else. See also: American College of Osteopathic Surgeons for a general history of osteopathic hospitals (with mention of Monte Sano).

Photo: Clarence Inman Collection, 1954. Monte Sano is on the corner of Glendale Blvd. & Waverly Drive. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Bob Inman grew up a few doors away from Monte Sano in the 1950s. His father, the late Clarence Inman, shot the terrific aerial photos we're seeing this week. Clarence Inman was a professional photographer who worked for the City's Recreation & Parks Dept.

Bob remembers Monte Sano was founded by a Dr. Brigham. His son, Dr. Creighton Brigham, was also a doctor at Monte Sano while the Inmans lived nearby.

According to Inman, the Spanish style house at 2727 Waverly was the first house built on that part of the street. It was built for the founder of Monte Sano. "For years, the Brighams had some sort of huge cage unit on their property just north of the crest. It was concrete and wire as I remember it - it could have been an aviary although it always seemed large for that."

If anyone has any documentation, photos or sources relating to Monte Sano or the possible aviary at the Brigham house, send it to us: