The facility now operates as a Senior retirement home.
The facility now operates as a Senior retirement home.

The Japanese Hospital at First and Fickett streets is now recognized by the city as a historical-cultural monument. LA Curbed reports the Los Angeles City Council gave the Boyle Heights facility the designation Tuesday.

KPCC writes that for 30 years the Japanese Hospital functioned as a medical facility serving LA’s Japanese American community. It operated during a time when healthcare was not available for many ethnic minorities.

The hospital and its operators were the subject of a 1928 Supreme Court Case that challenged the doctor’s ability to own the facility.  This contested a previous law that disallowed people from owning property if they were ineligible for citizenship. The court ruled in favor of the hospital owners and the building opened a year afterwards.

The Southern California Public Radio station reports that the Japanese Hospital also served as a maternity hospital during World War II. It was leased to White Memorial Hospital during this time and returned to the Japanese doctors afterwards. It became a nursing and retirement home later when it was purchased by Keiro Senior Healthcare in 1961.

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