At Engel & Völkers, one of the most important luxury real estate agencies in Europe, we have been lucky enough to help thousands of people buy a home in Madrid thanks to our services. There is no denying that the appreciation for architecture and art that are linked to our identity and our way of working has been key in providing our clients with solutions to their demands. In fact, with every opportunity we get in our blog, we use it to present the capital city's most symbolic buildings and landmarks that for many go unnoticed.
On previous occasions at Engel & Völkers, we talked about the Gran Vía 6 building, the Salesas Convent and many other emblematic buildings. However, this time we want to focus on the Gregorio Marañón Maternity and Children's Hospital. Read on to learn about its interesting history.
The origins of Gregorio Marañón Maternity and Children's Hospital
The history of this hospital begins in 1837 with the name of Maternity House of Madrid. In fact, for a long time, it was known as O'Donnell's Maternity, although we'll talk about that a bit later. Due to the great influx of women who wanted to give birth in this hospital's facilities and the population growth in the city, the hospital not only had to be expanded, but it also moved to the district of Chamartín and, specifically, to Mesón de Paredes Street. From there, its fame and prestige grew exponentially.
At the beginning of the 30s in the 20th century, due to advances in medicine, hygiene, and healthcare, it was decided that the hospital's facilities should be completely renovated. For this reason, the decision was made to build an exclusive hospital on O'Donnell Street, which was the name of the hospital for a long time since 1934. However, due to the bombings during the Civil War and its tragic consequences, the project was delayed for more than two decades. In fact, the hospital could not be inaugurated until Christmas Eve 1956.
The hospital that we know today is also the inception of merging the Maternity House of Madrid with the former Children's Hospital, which was the place where newborn babies were cared for by their mothers. This union finally took place in 1969 and, at the beginning, the hospital only had 50 beds. Today, there are many more beds available and its facilities are at the forefront of pediatrics and neonatology.
One of the most symbolic buildings in Madrid
The Gregorio Marañón Maternity and Children's Hospital is undoubtedly one of the most symbolic and interesting buildings in the entire city of Madrid. In addition, it is located in a privileged and sought after area of the capital. We, at Engel & Völkers, hope that you have learned a little more about the hospital thanks to this article. Our blog will be especially useful for anyone who wishes to buy a home in Madrid or its vicinity. It will definitely be a real treat in every way.