Tuesday , 23 January 2018
Grace Hospital (Seattle)

Grace Hospital (Seattle)


Fans of the Grey’s Anatomy TV Show will recognize Grace Hospital. Friends and relatives have asked Todd Johnstone if he knew where Seattle Grace Hospital was, his usual answer was “there isn’t one.” However, that is not entirely true. While he researched cornerstones laid by the Masons in the Seattle area, he turned up a reference to the contents of the Cornerstone for Grace Hospital being returned to the Masons on June 11, 1901, following closure of the hospital.

Further research using early Seattle maps, the 1898 Seattle city book, and back issues of the Seattle Times, have revealed that Grace Hospital was on the NW Corner of Summit and E. Union. According to an article in the Seattle Times on occasion of the 80th anniversary of the founding of Trinity Church, the cornerstone for Grace Hospital was laid on October 17, 1885 “… by the Masonic Fraternity, Col. G. O. Haller acting as Master of Ceremonies.” Some of the participants in the founding of the hospital were Dr. H. B. Bagley, A. A. Denny and Dr. Minor. Therefore it is a reasonable assumption that this Master of Ceremonies was MW Granville O. Haller, PGM (1872). The Grace Hospital building became Summit School and is now the NW School of Arts and Environment.


The Cornerstone is currently resting on the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Church at 8th and James. If you have any information on wandering cornerstones to contribute to this research, please contact me (toddj68@gmail. com).

(source : Article and Photo By WB Todd Johnstone, The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Washington)