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National Register of Historic Places Program
Weekly Highlight: Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital and Sanatorium
Prince George's County, Maryland

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The Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital and Sanatorium was constructed specifically to house and treat children and adults suffering from tuberculosis. The campus demonstrates the struggle of the District of Columbia to combat the public health treat caused by tuberculosis during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Glenn Dale was owned and operated by the District, and is located only 15 miles outside the city, providing the remote setting and abundant fresh air that were considered ideal in the treatment of the disease, as the continued inclusion of the stricken in the District’s general population without adequate care was viewed as a serious public health threat. Glenn Dale provided free medical care to its patients.

There are seventeen buildings on the campus dating from 1933 – 1959 which contribute to the significance of the complex. The campus included interrelated medical, residential and mechanical buildings and landscaped areas, the majority of which remain intact with a high level of historical integrity. The classical detailing of the buildings and the interconnected series of pedestrian and vehicular circulation paths all contribute to its historical and architectural significance as a distinguishable, unified, representative example of a twentieth-century therapeutic campus.

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