Honoring a legacy of giving

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

St. Louis, Missouri

It started with a gift. Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) has long stood as an emblem of enduring generosity in the Greater St. Louis community. The campus is the result of a merger between Barnes Hospital and Jewish Hospital—two organizations founded on philanthropic grounds more than a century ago. Today, BJH is the largest independent employer in the St. Louis area and largest hospital in Missouri, continuing its pledge of affording medical care to “the sick and disabled, of any creed or nationality.”

To commemorate the hospital’s legacy of giving, Kahler Slater designed an eight-piece donor recognition display honoring the names of nearly 700 benefactors who have contributed philanthropically through the years. Organized into several giving levels, the display includes eight larger ‘biography’ sections reserved for donors whose contributions were especially significant. Exterior glazing behind each display provides natural backlighting, while the suspended panels evoke a ‘floating’ effect down the corridor.

As part of the branding master plan, Kahler Slater also designed a wall recognizing current/future donors, a tabletop history display and several elements featuring messages that support the BJH mission. All branding features were integrated within BJH’s Campus Renewal Project, an initiative that aimed to improve the overall patient/family experience through new construction and renovations.

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The full display features nearly 700 benefactors, including eight larger sections reserved for significant donors.
Framed glass panels feature etched donor names illuminated by natural light.
Graphic layout representing one-eighth of the full display measuring just over 16 feet in length.
St. Louis native, Jim Denny, used archival photos to hand-illustrate significant donor portraits.
Glass production sample studying direct-print photography and text etched at different depths.
Full-scale production mockup prior to installation (Fabrication by Xibitz).
A complimentary donor wall recognizing current and future benefactors sits opposite a chapel (design concept).
The wall feature etched/dimensional typography and projected donor names to honor a growing list of over 500 BJH patrons.