W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex

W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex (HM1DFV)

Location: Tampa, FL 33614 Hillsborough County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 58.652', W 82° 30.569'

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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.
Marker NumberF-599_MARKER
Year Placed2007
Placed ByHillsborough Community College and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 351543 N 3095631
Decimal Degrees27.97753333, -82.50948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 58.652', W 82° 30.569'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 58' 39.12" N, 82° 30' 34.14" W
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Area Code(s)813
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4201 N Hale Ave, Tampa FL 33614, US
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