St. Joseph’s Home, a nursing home for the elderly at 3303 S. Sixth Street Road, was opened in 1903. The home is operated by a Catholic order of nuns, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception.
The facility originally was housed in a converted mansion at Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue. The building had been constructed for the family of James Conkling, but served as the Wabash Railroad Employees Hospital from 1894 to 1902.
St. Joseph’s Home expanded into the house next door in 1908, but needed still more room by 1924. As a result, the facility bought a 43-acre farm in Southern View, and construction of the new St. Joseph’s Home there was finished in 1925.
St. Joseph’s Home built its “round building” as an infirmary in 1967; it later was converted to a secure facility for people with dementia. It was replaced in the 2000s by the Holy Family Center, “designed on the neighborhood model” for the care of residents with dementia, according to the home’s history.
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