Elmwood Sanatorium – Fort Worth TX


Elmwood was a tuberculosis sanatorium located at 2805 Kimbo, Fort Worth. The building has been demolished.

The sanatorium was a joint project of the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with partial funding coming through the PWA. It was designed by Preston Geren and constructed by Quisle and Andrews at a total cost of $101,733 without equipment. It opened in 1937.

Source notes

Preston Geren, "Elmwood Sanatorium in Ft. Worth," Architectural Concrete, Vol 3, #3 [c. 1937]. 

Project originally submitted by Susan Allen Kline on August 6, 2013.

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Location Info

2805 Kimbo
Forth Worth , TX 76111 ‎

Location notes: The building has either been torn down or encased within a county correctional facility that stands at the location.

Coordinates: 32.7968445, -97.30394189999998

14 comments on “Elmwood Sanatorium – Fort Worth TX

  1. John from Texas

    I am fairly sure the building has been demolished. It sat just a bit east of the juvenile facility there on Kimbo road. There were actually two buildings…one was an older two story wooden facility that we called an “old folks home.” And the other was a brick one story facility used for the sicker patients. When my dad would take me there to visit the “old folks” and the sick, it was no longer a tuberculosis facility. That would be in the mid-50s.

    • Gabriel Milner

      Thank you for passing along this important information. We’ve edited our entry accordingly.

  2. Bill Sloan

    Is there any way to know about a particular patient who might have been there for the treatment of tuberculosis? This would have been in 1913 and she possibly died in that facility.

  3. I remember that place I’ve spent a year there,
    after I left they closed it down, I’ve always wondered what happened to that place

  4. My mother was a Black nurse there in 1968 all of my family members work there they were cooks , yard workers . I remember it well. I have photos from my mother photo book.

  5. As teenagers back in the 80’s we used to run around in that place. There were a few homeless people living there. But down in the lower levels there were padded cells. Then one spring there was a serious rain fall that filled up the bottom level and washed out a wall near the entrance that exposed a hidden staircase. It was really spooky sometimes running around there.

  6. Esther Valverde

    Was this the only place for TB patients near Fort Worth? My mother stayed in a hospital from the age of 12 to 17 years. She told me different stories but I never caught the name. Only Kimbo comes to mind.

  7. I saw that Greta said that her Mom was a nurse and other family worked there. I was an extern psychology student there in the winter of 1972, and probably worked with some of them. God bless.

    That was my first “real” placement in a psychiatric facility. It was managed by John Peter Smith. By coincidence, after retiring from the Army I went to work for John Peter Smith and then retired there in 2018. Alpha and Omega.

  8. Danny Chappell

    My mther was there with TB in the 50’s. I remember visiting there with my dad. We were never allowed to go inside. Mom would come outside where we would visit. Would love to see a photo of that place.

  9. Kathy Farmer

    My Grandpa was in Elmwood, he passed in 1963 with tb. I was only 10 yrs old. I was never allowed to go inside. But they would bring him outside for a short visit. At the time, we lived on N. W. 23rd st. Many changes has happened since then. I also would love to see a picture of the place. Not sure what I visualize is the real thing. But I think I remember just a normal sized building with all windows on the front side.

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