Thursday, September 23, 2010
A Saint and Strippers
In 1919 the hospital established formal requirements for the operation of the laboratory and x-ray and for keeping written records of the patients' medical history - something that hadn't really been done before. The hospital kept growing and in 1969 a lay adminstrator was hired to run the hospital while the Sisters continued their involvement.
The hospital's North wing was completed in 1931, the South wing during World War II and the two ten story towers in 1983 and 1991. St. Paul's has grown from that small hospital into a high tech care unit that attracts some of the best in their fields.
A feature I really like and think is needed is Angel's Cradle.
From hospitals to churches. The hospital was founded by a Catholic women's religious order whereas the St. Paul's Church is of the Anglican denomination. Anglican Episcopal to be exact.
Here's an interesting fact that I discovered only a few moments ago. St. Paul's Anglican Church has an indoor labyrinth. This spiritual form is a replica of the one laid in stone at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This one is made of canvas with velcro and can be rented.
A supper club back then this was the place to be. Stars such as Max Baer, Gary Cooper, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra were entertained by such acts as Sammy David Jr., Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole. No wonder the Penthouse is in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.
I did say a colorful history though didn't I? Well over the years the night club has been in operation it not has had Joe's wild parties but has also been accused of being a hangout for the local Mafia. And a group of pimps apparently threatened to bomb the establishment unless they were allowed to move in.
Good or bad The Penthouse Night Club is a Vancouver icon. If you remember the show Intelligence with Ian Tracey you may recognize the front. It was used as the Chickadee - the strip club that Reardon and his partner owned.
Today you have been healed, saved and had some fun. Whatever will happen tomorrow?
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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