Dimock Center – Cary Cottage // 1872

The New England Hospital for Women and Children (known today as the Dimock Community Health Center), is comprised of eight major buildings on a nine acre site located on a small hill in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, close to the border with Jamaica Plain. The complex is significant for its role in the history of women in medicine as both a teaching and a practicing hospital, as well as for its architecture. The facility was incorporated as the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1863, almost five years before Roxbury was annexed to Boston. The Hospital was founded by Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewska together with Lucy Goddard and Edna Dow Cheney in order to provide women with medical care by competent physicians of their own sex and to educate women in the study and practice of medicine. As such, it was one of the first hospitals of its kind in America. The oldest building in the complex is the Cary Cottage, pictured here. The charming building was constructed in 1872 by the architecture firm of Cummings & Sears. The Cary Cottage served as the hospital’s original maternity cottage, and is also important as an almost intact example of Stick Style architecture. The building was intentionally detached from the general surgical facilities to minimize the dangers of infection during childbirth.

3 thoughts on “Dimock Center – Cary Cottage // 1872

  1. David Manzo February 17, 2023 / 10:53 am

    Fabulous choice! Often overlooked in Boston

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  2. Gary Lawrence Gross February 17, 2023 / 7:32 pm

    For many years, starting in the 1970’s , a family planning clinic and the obstetrical clinic for the Dimock Community Health Center was located within that building . After 1975 that clinic was incorporated in one of the largest Family Planning/Women’s Reproductive Health programs in the country, the one that was run by ABCD, one of the largest NGO’s providing diverse community services to underprivileged communities in the country.

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