Hospital and Red Cross Headquarters, 1914 – 1922

Hospital and Red Cross Headquarters, 1914 – 1922

The old house in the rue de Chevreuse, long known as the American girls club, which was made into a French hospital at the beginning of the war, has now become Hospital No. 3 of the American Red Cross; and the beds are already pathetically and immaculately ready for occupants. Hotel after hotel is being taken over by the Americans. Homes for soldiers on leave in Paris, homes and clubs for nurses and other women workers, clubs for soldiers and sailors - every nook and corner of Paris has been sought out and turned into a resting place of some sort for Pershing's men. English is spoken everywhere in the streets, which are filled with men from overseas. Will Paris ever be the same again? (Van Campen 49).

Throughout the interwar years, many WWI veterans found their way back to 4 rue de Chevreuse, wishing to revisit the cherished place where they had so comfortably convalesced:

[...] every year many American men visit the garden, recalling the days when they were brought back to health in this restful spot. An American woman who gave distinguished service during the war told me recently that she always suggested to soldiers going up to the front that they wear a wrist-tag marked, 'If I am wounded, please send me to Mrs. Reid’s hospital in Paris,' because she knew they would receive excellent care and an inspiration to live again (Leet 246).


  • Leet, Dorothy. "Reid Hall: Franco-American Center in Paris." American Society of the French Légion d'Honneur Magazine, vol. 9, no. 3, 1939, pp. 244-249.
  • Van Campen, Stewart. “Paris Says, ‘Tighter Bodice, Scanter Skirt’ ‘More Of Silk And Less Of Wool,’ Says War." Harper's Bazaar, vol. 53, no. 3, March 1918, pp. 48-55, 104. ProQuest.