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Old Deaconess Hospital Building

The old Deaconess Hospital building is blocked by a chain link fence and boarded up with plywood on Jan. 20, 2021. Bozeman's Chief Building Official Ben Abbey deemed the building an "unsafe structure" in a letter on Oct. 6, 2021.

On the upper floors of the old Deaconess Hospital building at 15 West Lamme St., patches of hexagonal tile are some of the only indications that the now-vacant and crumbling building housed Bozeman’s only hospital for decades.

Though from the outside of the four-story, 22,000 square foot brick building fronted with grand columns that still features a sign reading “Deaconess Hospital” looks sturdy, the inside gives a different impression.

Debris covers much of the floor and the stairways, and rebar pokes through concrete on columns on the upper two floors.

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Nora Shelly can be reached at nshelly@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2607.

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