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Landmark and Legend
Memphis, TN
Here we note noteworthy people and landmarks of the area that have now passed into history.


 
Baptist Memorial Hospital
Medical Center (midtown)

Once the largest private hospital in the world with 2,000 beds, Baptist Memorial Hospital was located in midtown Memphis where there was a concentration of hospitals. That area was, and sometimes is still, called the medical center.  Since it opened as a 150 bed hospital in 1912, Baptist was a city landmark. The hospital underwent numerous expansions reaching its highest point in 1967 with the completion of a 18 story tower.

At 6:45 Sunday morning November 6, 2005, this substantial landmark in Memphis was intentionally demolished by carefully set explosives causing the building to collapse upon itself into a huge pile of debris. The 924,000 square foot building's rubble was expected to take 11 months to remove. Video of the November 6 implosion is available on-line from several sources, including recordings from several angles from Baptist Memorial Health Care.

A four story service building, an eight-story Interns’ Residence and a 10-story Physicians and Surgeons building were demolished earlier in 2005.

Baptist Hospital had already expanded to locations out of the midtown area and the satellite hospital previously known as "Baptist East" located at I-240 and Walnut Grove Road became the main Baptist Memorial Hospital facility and the "East" portion of its name was dropped.

Baptist Memorial Health Care donated the midtown land to the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, a non-profit corporation created in 2001 to advance Memphis in biomedical technology and research. The new research park, often called the biotechnology hub or biotech zone, was forecast to be completed in six phases, concluding about 2016.