Movie Monday: Moving the Hythe Hospital

Image: A film still showing the old Hythe hospital being moved (Fonds 637: Hythe Homecoming 2016 fonds)

Movie Monday highlights videos from the Archives’ film collection. Every week, an archival film will be featured on our YouTube channel and here on our blog. The Movie Monday project is made possible with the generous funding support of Swan City Rotary Club of Grande Prairie.

Two weeks ago we shared the oldest film in our Movie Monday collection; today we are presenting the most recent! Though the relocation of the Hythe hospital occurred less than 7 years ago, it is nonetheless an event worth commemorating here on Movie Monday.

The Hythe Hospital was built in 1947. Before its construction, local homes had served as informal hospitals. For more than a decade before the hospital’s construction, meetings were held on a regular basis in order to finalize plans for the proposed hospital, and campaigns took place in an effort to raise funds. When the 12,000 square foot building finally opened on December 12, 1947, many local citizens and business offered their congratulations and praises for the new facility. The December 18, 1947 edition of the Herald-Tribune published many pieces related to the new hospital, including one stating that “the building and opening of the hospital is an achievement in community cooperation”. Indeed it was! Dr. Glas, who had been delivering babies in the old police barracks prior to the hospital’s construction, was only one of the individuals who played a key role in the building of the hospital. He had practiced medicine in Prague for 8 years before coming to Hythe and was a well-respected member of the community.

After having served the community for nearly forty years, the original hospital was replaced by a new facility. The old hospital was converted to a medical clinic and pharmacy, but was vacated in 2009 and remained empty for 5 years. Finally, on September 12, 2014, the building was relocated to an empty lot in the village and was given a new life. Now known as Glas House, in honour of Dr. Glas, it houses rental units and a public access space, and is operated by the Hythe & District Pioneer Homes Foundation.