Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Naval Hospital, San Diego Unit
6 (Rancho Santa Fe)
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District History (1998)
The former estate of John Burnham
located in Rancho Santa Fe, California was leased by the Navy
(Eleventh Naval District) and used as a convalescent home for
injured officers during World War II. The facility was known
as U.S. Naval Hospital, Unit 6. The property occupied an area
of 73.79 acres. The facility was operated as an annex to the
main Naval Hospital San Diego located in Balboa Park in the city
of San Diego. The U.S. Naval Hospital, Unit 6 began operating
in February 1943.
The U.S. Naval Hospital, Unit 6 housed up to 60 ambulatory naval
officers. The facility was designed to assist in the recovery
of patients released from Naval Hospital San Diego until they
were able to return to duty, or retired. In 1944, due to the
increasing number of casualties, the Navy relocated thirteen
former Army-owned barracks to the northeastern portion of the
Unit 6 site and remodeled them for use as a convalescent center.
These temporary structures provided accommodations for approximately
400 enlisted men who needed little medical care, but required
extensive rest and recreation.
Operations at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Unit 6 officially ceased
in November 1946. The property was returned to the Burnhams who
retained ownership through the 1970s. In 1972, the property was
subdivided and reduced from the original 73.79 to 28.49 acres.
The subdivided area included the northeastern portion of land
where the Army-owned temporary barracks were formerly installed.
These buildings were removed in 1946. In 1974, Dr. Marianne McDonald
acquired the remaining 28.49 acres where the former Burnham Convalescent
home had been located. All original buildings and structures
remain on the current McDonald property, with the exception of
a two-story stucco building. This building, constructed in 1978,
is located on the site of one of the former temporary barracks
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