Florida State Tuberculosis Sanitarium (destroyed) – Orlando FL


The former Florida State Tuberculosis Sanitarium was constructed during the last 1930s as a New Deal-aided project. The Public Works Administration (PWA) supplied a $320,000 loan and $310,890 grant for the project, whose total cost was $804,005. Construction began in 1936 and, according to a PWA document, construction continued well to 1939. (Dedication occurred well before this date. See below.)

Florida Memory: “P.W.A. project, docket 1034-R. Also known as: the Central Florida Tuberculosis Hospital, the Sunland Training Center for Retarded Children, and the Sunland Hospital of Orlando. Dedicated in January 1938. The building, located at 7500 West Silver Star Road, was later destroyed in 1999 after years of disuse following the closing of the Sunland hospitals of Florida in the mid-1980s.”

Source notes

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 90.

https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/145638 (accessed Mar. 2018)

State Archives of Florida, collection P75-294: [State] Institutions, Board of Commissioners, Publicity materials of the Florida Construction Program, (PWA), 1936-1937.

http://www.orlandomemory.info/memory/image/florida-sanitarium (accessed Mar. 2018)

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 3, 2018.

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Location Info

7500 West Silver Star Road
Orlando, FL

Coordinates: 28.5770, -81.4845

4 comments on “Florida State Tuberculosis Sanitarium (destroyed) – Orlando FL

  1. David Hanson

    The Florida State TB Sanitarium was located at 7500 West Silver Star Road. The Florida Sanitarium on Lake Estelle was operated by Seventh Day Adventists and became Florida Hospital. The two sanitaria were completely different institutions.

    • Evan Kalish

      Thanks for the information! I removed the ‘conflicting’ details that proved to be incorrect.

  2. Carolyn Molder

    Is there any record of patients in the Orlando TB hospital? If so where can I find them.? Interested in Records from 1940-1941

  3. Andrew Laverdiere

    Hello Carolyn,

    The Living New Deal has no access to any records of past patients. We’re only here to document the role of the New Deal in the building of the facility. In my experience, you should check with the local historical society, the county historical society, the state and county library system and your local or county heath board in order to locate old records like that. That should give you some good leads as to where they are. Good luck in your hunt.

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