The former Northern Maine SanitoriumThe former Northern Maine Sanitorium
Tuberculosis hospitals were built in the state of Maine in the early part of the 20th century. 1,000 people a year died of tuberculosis in Maine before the advent of modern medicine. Following the success of private hospitals in Hebron & Fairfield Maine which were facing financial difficulty, the state took control. The Northern Maine Sanitorium was built in Presque Isle following the passing of a law in the Maine State Legislature April 9, 1921.
In 1938, the P.W.A. offered a grant of $7,739 for repairs or improvements which were completed in 1939.
The facilities at Hebron and Presque Isle were closed in 1959. Today, according to a local librarian, the Presque Isle buildings are privately owned and used as apartments.
Local Source http://www.mainememory.net/sitebuilder/site/286/page/549/display National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 6.
Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on November 19, 2014.