The Sonoma County Hospital was designed by Santa Rosa architect, John I. Easterly (1885-1974) in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Construction began in 1936 and the hospital was completed and dedicated on April 24, 1937. The cost was approximately $300,000 of which $137,000 (45%) was supplied by the National Public Works Administration (PWA), and the remainder was supplied by Sonoma County with only a slight increase in taxes during 1936 and 1937.
The Hospital is one of several architectural gems that were undertaken during the New Deal Era that can be found throughout Sonoma County.
For more on the subject of California’s New Deal art and architecture be sure to check out the web site for California’s Living New Deal Project.