Harborview Hospital was conceived of, planned for, and managed by doctors. The $2.5 million structure was designed by partners Harlan Thomas and Clyde Grainger. At the time, Thomas was chair of the University of Washington's architectural school. Not only was the shape, skin, and detailing of the building Moderne, the inside was, according to a P-I reviewer, "modern in its every appointment, breath-taking in its uncanny utilization of space and inspiring in its total lack of institutional atmosphere." There was a floor dedicated to pediatrics and another to psychiatry. The hospital staff was especially proud of its out-patient department for persons who could not otherwise afford a trip to the doctor's office.