Lawrence Tuberculosis Hospital (Lawrence, MA)


The City of Lawrence established in 1909. It was built at a cost of $41,800. Before that cases were located in a day camp at Lawrence general Hospital.  The Day camp of the Lawrence Anti-tuberculosis League in 1909 had a capacity of 8 patients who arrived at 8:30 AM on the ground of the Lawrence general Hospital.  The patients spent the day under awnings and were served a lunch of bread, butter, and milk; at noon a hearty meat or fish meal; at 5:30 repeating the lunch.   Patients would receive care during the day at the camp and return home in the evenings.  The Anti-Tuberculosis League helped the City start the hospital.  In 1917, the Municipal Health Department took over the Tuberculosis Dispensary that had been maintained by the League and ran it from the hospital.  The building in South Lawrence occupies sandy ground and has a southern exposure.  Many windows allowed the patients to have ready access to fresh air and sunshine.  There were four wards with 22 beds each, and averaged 75 patients.  A superintendent, seven nurses, and two visiting doctors managed the building.  The hospital ceased to exist when the state tuberculosis hospital opened in Middleton in 1928.  When the building went down is still a mystery.


The location in 1909 was very isolated and had not been developed at all.



The images above are first plans from the Engineering Department and second from the 1911 Sanborn Atlas.


Finally this map from the City 1926 atlas shows a much more developed area.  The hospital was not in the 1956 Sanborn atlas.  The area would become Colonial Heights after World War II and the hospital would have come down at some time.

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