Throwback Thursday: Texas Medical Center as a concept

An artist's rending of the Texas Medical Center from the 1948 Baylor University Round Up yearbook section featuring Baylor University College of Medicine. Image courtesy Baylor College of Medicine Archives.
An artist’s rending of the Texas Medical Center from the 1948 Baylor University Round Up yearbook section featuring Baylor University College of Medicine. Image courtesy Baylor College of Medicine Archives.

From 164 acres of wooded land, to a world-class medical center dedicated to the highest standards of patient care, research and education, the Texas Medical Center has come a long way.

In 1948, the future of the Texas Medical Center was shared in the Baylor University Round Up yearbook through an artist’s rendering. The gridded drawing with perfectly symmetrical trees shared the future of Houston, the College and medicine for more than Texans, but the entire United States.

Tomorrow, as Baylor College of Medicine celebrates 70 years in Houston, join us as we take a look back at our  arrival in Houston, a new chapter in our history, decades of accolades, medical achievements and efforts to improve education, research and patient care.

How has Baylor College of Medicine impacted your life? Share your story in the comment section below.

– By Audrey M. Marks

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3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Texas Medical Center as a concept

  • July 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm
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    Very interesting image. For those of us who are in Houston now but don’t have any ties to Houston’s past (and lets face it its most of the city) it’s very nice to see what the TMC was originally meant to look like. It would be great to see a collection of images showing the growth and rebuilding of the TMC over the past 70 years. If I can track down photos like that I’ll give it a shot.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm
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    It’s amazing to see these types of images. I encourage Baylor to share these types of images [showing the evolution of Baylor and the TMC] in a public venue, such as a public exhibition. Regardless of whether or not you work in the TMC, it’s a great source of pride for Houstonians.

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