3 Junta Nacional de Beneficencia Pública
Clodomiro Valdivia, architect.
Mac Iver 541, Santiago.
Before there was a Ministry of Health, all the public initiatives regarding the promotion of health were taken by the Beneficencia Pública. Its main building, dating from 1935, follows a strict code of modern design. This aesthetic choice was very popular among architects designing public buildings in general and health facilities in particular, like hospitals and sanatoria, where the purity of their volumes, the rational order of their windows and the efficiency of their circulations assured an ideal of hygiene and cleanness.