Fort Davis, TX

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Exhibit Design: Wondercabinet Interpretive Design, Inc.
Exhibit Graphics: Proun Design, LLC
Exhibit Fabrication: Mystic Scenic Studios, Inc.
Budget: 112k
Opened: 2012

Nobody likes going to the hospital. But imagine getting sick or injured in the late-1800s when standard treatments for ailments included mercury, arsenic, and strychnine and the instruments in the doctor's bag had an unsettling resemblance to the tools in your dad's garage!

proun, in collaboration with Wondercabinet Interpretive Design and Mystic Scenic Studios have designed exhibits interpreting state-of-the-art medical technology at a Civil War era hospital in Fort Davis, Texas. Interpretive panels feature profiles of five patients that spent time in the post hospital.Their stories are told over successive panels and entice visitors to the Post Hospital building across the compound. Once there, visitors can find out how these patients fared and, through simple interactive exhibits, try their own hand at diagnosing treatments.

The graphics for the Post Hospital exhibits draw on the vernacular of medical catalogs and packaging of the mid-19th century. Panel shapes with the rounded shoulders and tapered sides of medicine bottles along with Victorian type treatments reference the visual language of an apothecary. The color palette is restrained, mostly black and white, with accents drawn from the surrounding natural landscape and man-made structures.