Los Angeles’ first public hospital will be demolished to make way for the new $29-million Rampart Police Station, city officials said Thursday.
The structure, west of downtown at 6th Street and Loma Drive, was founded in 1868 to care for smallpox victims. It was originally located in Chavez Ravine and had been at its current location since 1957.
The hospital has been closed to the public for 35 years but has offered physical and psychological exams for police officers and firefighters.
The new Rampart Station will be paid for with funds from Proposition Q, the $600-million bond measure voters approved in March 2002. The destruction of the hospital is scheduled to begin next week.