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Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex
 
W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex Marker Photo, Click for full size
By PaulwC3, March 12, 2014
1. W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex Marker
 
Inscription. The W.T. Edwards Hospital, erected in 1952, was one of three tuberculosis (TB) hospitals built in Florida after World War II, and was funded by a state cigarette tax and federal monies. The other hospitals were in Tallahassee and Lantana. The complex included 10 buildings, six of which were particularly significant: the hospital, laboratory, employee housing, laundry and heating plant, nurses’ quarters, and state medical director’s residence. The hospital, designed by Charles Kuhn, was a significant example of the International Style popular in the post-war years. It was a long, narrow, concrete building with many windows, designed to provide interior air circulation and sunlight. The buildings were steam heated, and air conditioned except in the patients’ rooms. At the time, air conditioning was thought to be unhealthy for TB patients. The Tampa hospital was the only facility in the state to treat children with TB and to be equipped to admit patients under Florida’s compulsory isolation law, which provided that, for public safety, those who refused treatment due to religious beliefs could be confined and treated against their will. With the decline in the occurrence of TB, the hospital closed in 1974.
 
Erected 2007 by Hillsborough Community College and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-599.)
 
Wide view of the W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex Marker Photo, Click for full size
By PaulwC3, March 12, 2014
2. Wide view of the W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex Marker
 

 
Location. 27° 58.652′ N, 82° 30.569′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from West Tampa Bay Boulevard 0.2 miles east of Dale Mabry Highway. Click for map. The marker is located on the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College. It can be found just east of the Tennis Complex, behind the main buildings. The marker sits at the approximate location of the W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 West Tampa Bay Boulevard, Tampa FL 33614, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Tampa Centennial (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Andres Diaz Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hugh C. Macfarlane (approx. 1.6 miles away but has been reported missing); George Guida (approx. 1.6 miles away); Morgan Cigar Factory (approx. 1.8 miles away); Centro Español de West Tampa (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Beginning of the Cigar Industry in West Tampa (approx. 2.1 miles away); Academy of The Holy Names (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
More about this marker. The Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College parking and George M. Steinbrenner Field now occupy the hospital complex. Some of the original complex roads are still visible.
 
Site of the W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex Photo, Click for full size
By PaulwC3, March 12, 2014
3. Site of the W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex
 

 
Also see . . .  TB Hospital at Tampa to be dedicated Sunday - St. Petersburg Times. (Submitted on March 17, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 110 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
 
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