St. Josephs Sanitarium

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St. Josephs Sanitarium
Established 1898
Construction Began 1898
Construction Ended 1899
Opened 1899
Current Status Preserved
Building Style Single Building
Architect(s) Theophilus Van Damme
Location Mt. Clemens, MI
Architecture Style Colonial Revival
Alternate Names
  • St. Josephs Sanitarium and Hospital


St. Joseph's Sanitarium was opened in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1899. Construction began in 1898 after a sisters suggestion that the salt bath facilities held curative properties and the spot was an ideal site for a convalescence home and hospital.

In 1900 the 3rd floor of the building, with 50 beds, were saved as a hospital facility and sanitarium. By 1952 the mineral salt baths were phased out and the hospital converted to the treatment of chronic illness.

The facility still stands today as a registered historic site. In 1990 ownership of the facility was transferred from the Sisters of Charity to Mercy Health Systems.