Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Carney Hospital

Carney Hospital, Telegraph Hill, South Boston, 1899.

Andrew Carney, born 1794, was a self-made Irish immigrant, who made his business in the clothing trade. In 1863, he bought an estate to provide for the first Catholic hospital in New England, and among it's first patients were Civil War soldiers. In 1953, the institution moved to the southern end of Dorchester avenue in Dorchester.


  1. This is the first time that I have seen the hospital where I was born in 1940. It doesn't look anything like I expected, but now I feel more connected. I lived in one of the City Point Housing Projects for a while, but I don't know which one.

  2. It's great to see this postcard and the accompanying map of the neighborhood around Carney Hospital. I have a family member who passed away there in 1911. Your old Boston maps and history are fascinating! Keep up the great work!

  3. I was a student nurse at this Carney Hospital. I recall sitting at our desks for a lecture as the St. Patricks Day Parade went by on Old Harbor St. Then there was Carson Beach after classes in good weather and a clam shack. Clams were so inexpensive then. We used to lay on the roof and 'take the sun' in the springtime. Then we were known as Catherine Laboure School of Nursing. There was everything in that hospital. Medical, Surgical (OR), Nursery, Delivery Room and a a few nice floors of student nurse rooms.