Gehlen Hall

Description

Gehlen Hall was the private home converted into a dormitory for the student nurses attending Tri-State Hospital’s School of Nursing.  Located next to the hospital, it seemed as a home away from home for the students of the hospital’s three-year program. 

Under the rules of the nursing school, nurses could not be married, but that didn’t stop the young women from enjoying their off-duty hours.   The “White Cap”, the yearbook for the class of 1947, shows photos of them not only working, but swimming in Cross Lake, having theme parties, and trips to local sights. 

According to an article when Tri-State Sanitarium was opened, Gehlen Hall was the former home of E. Wayles Brown, a prominent Shreveport lawyer and politician.  Brown would later be elected to the Louisiana State Senate. 

The nurses lived in rooms on the second floor with a kitchen and dining room on the first floor.  The first nursing staff supervisor was Miss Florence Watson.

Location in Museum

Tri-State School of Nursing Exhibit

Age

1924-1950
  • Gehlen Hall Tri-State Nursing School
  • Gehlen Hall late 1940s