Starling-Loving University Hospital

Bunny Gargoyle

In 1917, the Ohio State University Board of Trustees announced that the abandoned homeopathy building would be incorporated into a new hospital for the medical school. A modified English Tudor addition to the homeopathic building made the hospital operational in 1924. The building was renamed Starling-Loving University Hospital in honor of Mr. Starling, a community leader and benefactor of Starling Medical College and Dr. Loving, dean of the OSU Medical School (1880-1905).

By 1926, with the addition of three wings, the hospital housed 296 beds, an operating amphitheater, laboratories, a maternity department and an outpatient clinic. The main purpose was clinical teaching.

When The Ohio State University Hospital was built in the 1950’s, all hospital practices moved into it. Starling-Loving University Hospital was renamed Starling Loving Hall on July 14, 1961. It no longer serves as a hospital facility but rather houses offices and classrooms. The original building has had 5 additions over the years.

The building also features six gargoyles: bunny, cow, monkey, pelican, cat and horse.


  1. I was born at Starling Loving Hospital Nov 5, 1938. My grandparents lived directly across the street on 10th Ave. My parents lived on Pennsylvania Ave at the end –at 8th avenue. When my mother went into labor they (parents) did not own a car so when mother called her doctor, Dr. Brown, he came and took her to the hospital. When I married in 1958 my first gyn appointment was with Dr. William Copeland Sr and his first office was in Starling Loving Hospital. Thanks for letting me share these thoughts with you. Bev Dodson

    It would be fun to see if any records were kept of my birth, I know my mother stayed for 10 days and was made to stay in the bed……….not even sure if hospitals even kept records then


      January 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Dear Beverly:

      Thank you for the information concerning your birth. The Medical Heritage Center does not have patient records. I am uncertain if patients records from 1938 are still kept, but if they are the medical records department at Ohio State should be able to help you. Their phone number is 614-293-8657.


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