Robert B. Green historical building damaged by Wednesday's earthquake
After yesterday’s magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Pecos, Texas, structural engineers have determined the Robert B. Green historical building downtown is unsafe. This building has been closed off and a safety zone has been established around it until we have definitive plans on how to proceed.
The vast majority of the building’s clinical services were moved in 2013 to the newer Robert B. Green clinical building, which appears to be unaffected by the temblor. However, engineers are examining all the buildings on the campus. The administrative services that had remained in the historical building are being moved to other office space in the city.
The Robert B. Green historical building is more than 100 years old. It was named for former Bexar County Judge Robert B. Green and designed by prominent architect Atlee B. Ayres. Opened in 1917, it was lauded as “one of the best and most modern institutions of its kind in the Southwest.” The hospital was the first center of our long partnership with the U.S. military, providing examinations for service members, and was the site for training multiple generations of nurses and doctors. Many San Antonians received care there during the influenza pandemic of 1918, and many more were treated there during the 1940s and 1950s polio epidemic that terrified parents and shut down San Antonio schools. The building provided more than a century of service to San Antonio, Bexar County and beyond.