Five-Story Steel Ball Makes Novel Hospital (Jan, 1929)

Five-Story Steel Ball Makes Novel Hospital

RESEMBLING a strange machine from another planet, a huge steel ball standing five stories high is being erected at Cleveland, Ohio, so that persons suffering from diabetes may be given treatment under ideal conditions.

In the strange spherical “health hotel,” patients will live constantly in an atmosphere of high oxygen content, maintained at a pressure of 30 pounds per square inch, twice that of the normal atmosphere.

There are five floors inside the tank. An elevator in the center of the tank connects the different levels. Each of the private rooms is furnished like that in a modern hotel. Light enters through windows shaped like portholes to resist the pressure.

The treatment tank was designed in the shape of a ball so that air-tight seams could be secured more easily.

Air under 30 pounds pressure will be maintained, and the temperature and humidity will be carefully regulated. A large refrigerating plant has been built for cooling air as it leaves the compressors, and a drying plant will remove excess moisture.

  1. jayessell says: December 7, 20091:33 pm

    “Gus Grissom Memorial Hospital”

  2. Firebrand38 says: December 7, 20091:48 pm

    jayessell: I don’t get the reference but here is what happened to it http://www.lakesidepres…

    It was apparently dismantled and scrapped when Gus Grissom was 16 years old.

  3. jayessell says: December 7, 20092:16 pm

    FB38: Thanks for the link.
    It does look like a Gernsbeck era Starship!

    The Gus Grissom reference is to the Apollo 1 fire.
    16psi Oxygen.

    I should have made a Michael Jackson reference instead.

  4. Firebrand38 says: December 7, 20092:36 pm

    jayessell: Sorry, I’m of an age where that still isn’t funny.

  5. rick says: December 7, 20092:59 pm

    I’ll be darned! I grew up in Cleveland and I do remember that thing. It was on the east side along lakeshore drive on the way to the Euclid Beach amusement park and we passed it each time we, as kids, were taken to the park. My parents used to tell us it was where they put people with diabetes and if we weren’t careful and ate too much candy we could end up living there! As a result it was a kind of a bogey man to us. Hi Firebrand 😉


  6. Neil Russell says: December 8, 20096:49 pm

    Reminds me of the big gas tank down here in Savannah that someone had the foresight to paint like a globe so it would become a landmark rather than a memory.

  7. Ed Simms says: February 2, 20105:32 pm

    “Timkin’s Ball”
    Cunningham Sanitarium, 18485 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland

    There’s a photo of the inside..

  8. Ed Simms says: February 2, 20105:34 pm

    A full page of photos and descriptions..

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