It might very well have been the only children’s hospital in Atlantic Canada to have a bombproof basement.
The old Janeway building in Pleasantville is now being demolished. According to the Department of Transportation and Works, the government has no further use for the facility, which in a serious state of disrepair. Kelloway Construction has been contracted for around $1 million to demolish the building and clean up the site.
The building was first constructed during WWII and served as a United States hospital for the Pepperrell Air Force Base. Once the military base lost strategic importance, the building was left vacant in 1960.
As a legacy to Newfoundland, American paediatrician Charles Alderson Janeway worked with the provincial government to help set up a children’s hospital in the building in 1966. Dr. Janeway spent much of his life teaching modern paediatrics as he travelled the developing world, setting up hospitals in Iran and Cameroon. The local hospital was originally named after him—the Dr. Charles Alderson Janeway Child Health Centre.
After 35 years, Janeway staff and services relocated to an annex built onto the Health Sciences Centre in 2001. After attempts to sell the building came up short, at the beginning of 2008 the provincial government moved to demolish the building, following the real estate company’s suggestion.
There’s been a move to develop the Pleasantville area for a few years now. In 2006, a major makeover of Pleasantville was put in motion after the federal government sold its section of the land. That land will likely become residential housing in the form of townhouses, single family homes and apartment/condo units. It’s unclear what will become of the old Janeway site.
— Katie Sears
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