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Location DB > United States > Kentucky > Paris > Paris TB Hospital
Paris TB Hospital
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created by Anonymous on 7/22/2010 11:10 PM
last modified by Anonymous on 12/16/2020 10:55 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Found an empty field where it once was. Verified location coordinates. Demolished as of November 2013.
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
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Paris, Kentucky
United States
Owner: N/A
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  •  Interesting Features

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  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • right behind the building is a jail
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1959
    Closed: 1979
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    "Kentucky’s State Tuberculosis Hospitals once dotted the landscape of the Commonwealth. Five hospitals, erected from 1946 to 1950, were situated in district locations selected by the Tuberculosis Sanatoria Commission of Kentucky. The decommissioning of the hospitals saw the transition of the London and Madisonville sites into state office buildings. The Ashland Tuberculosis Hospital buildings found new life as offices and shelter housing for Safe Harbor, Inc. The two remaining sanatoria sites, Glasgow and Paris, fell into disrepair and ultimately were razed.

    Dedicated on June 14, 1950, the Paris Tuberculosis Hospital (District Three State Sanatorium) received its first patients on July 24, 1950 and gained the distinction of being the first of the new sanatoria to open. The 100-bed sanatorium was designed following the same Gillig-Hartstern & Wilson architectural blueprint used for the new sanatoria sites in Kentucky. Land conveyed from the Bourbon County Fiscal Court to the Commonwealth of Kentucky provided the acreage for the five-building sanatorium complex in Paris.

    Although the Commonwealth described the five new $1.5 million hospitals as a progressive step in public health, its timing was poor to say the least. The arrival of state tuberculosis sanatoria in Kentucky coincided with the development of streptomycin and the triple therapy drug treatment. These new medicine regimens basically eradicated the need for sanatoria and outdated the new tuberculosis hospitals before they were even a decade old. The topic of what to do with the sanatorium complexes came up for discussion in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Kentucky’s Tuberculosis Sanatoria Commission attempted to open the hospitals up to a wider range of pulmonary diseases; despite these efforts, the hospitals were decommissioned in the 1970s. Given the broader trend in tuberculosis treatment, it was surprising that the hospitals lasted even this long as sanatoria had largely become medical relics at the time of their inception.

    In preparation for its decommissioning, the Paris Tuberculosis Hospital, known at the time as the Paris Respiratory Disease Hospital, underwent some substantial modifications in 1975 before its closure in 1979. The original 42.92 sanatorium property was eventually subdivided to make way for the Bourbon County Park and the construction of a softball diamond. Lack of use and routine maintenance left the sanatorium buildings in poor condition. With the Paris Tuberculosis Hospital slated for demolition, a 2011 survey by William M. Hunter of Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. (CRA) documented the extant site buildings before the scheduled razing. In addition to photographing and researching the National Register-eligible Paris Tuberculosis Hospital, CRA created a series of interpretive panels to be installed at the county park."

    --- https://tubercular...itals-of-kentucky/
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