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ILVER TRAY SERVICE, complete with tea, sugar
and cream, for private hospital rooms.
A colorful top-floor sun parlor.
The latest in hospital equipment.
These were some of the impressive features inside the
Flickwir Memorial Unit, the building on the left pictured
here in 1925. It was the North Wing of the former Roanoke
Hospital, standing at the base of Mill Mountain where
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is today.
David Flickwir, a railroad tycoon with an eye for the
exquisite, was considered Roanoke Hospital's greatest
benefactor. In 1925, he paid for the construction of the
Flickwir Memorial Unit, which replaced a wooden structure
and opened adjacent to Roanoke Hospital's South Wing,
according to historical information provided by Carilion
Clinic.
The North Wing had steel floor beams, which were
not common at the time, as well as hot and cold water in
rooms and wall-supported radiators, two features considered

innovative for that era. Flickwir's unit also housed a top
floor sunroom as a relaxation area for patients and visitors,
along with other luxuries, such as silver tray tea service and
individual dining rooms for students, nurses, doctors, and
interns, complete with tables covered with white damask
tablecloths.
Flickwir, a member of the hospital's board of trustees, also
financed the expansion of a nurses' residence, which opened
there in 1927.
Eventually, he donated a quarter of a million dollars to
the hospital.
Later, Roanoke Hospital became Carilion Roanoke
Memorial Hospital, now a 703-bed facility that includes a
neonatal intensive care unit, Carilion Children's Hospital, a
Level 1 Trauma Center, specialty clinical care and more. It is
the flagship facility for Carilion Clinic, a nonprofit healthcare
organization that last year was the largest employer in the
Roanoke Valley, according to the Virginia Employment
Commission. I
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JULIANNE RAINONE / ARCHIVAL IMAGE COURTESY OF THE VIRGINIA ROOM, ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Long before Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke Hospital housed the exquisite
Flickwir Memorial Unit, featuring silver tray tea service, a sun parlor and more.


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