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Title Lean-to at Catawba Sanatorium
Description A note on the reverse of this photograph reads as follows: "A typical lean-to & park of tents". This lean-to was characteristic of structures housing tuberculosis patients at the Catawba Sanatorium as well as other treatment facilities. it was styled after the Adirondack lean-tos constructed of small timber and bark whose unique feature was an open front. Its purpose in the sanatorium setting was to maximize air circulation around the patients. The lean-to and the park of tents in the background were raised to allow fresh air and sunshine to penetrate under the structures.
Although the phrase "Catawba 1904" appears on the reverse of the photograph, the correct date is most likely 1909, the year the sanatorium was first opened by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The phrase "The Beginning" appears twice on the image.
Place Virginia/Catawba Valley
Date 1909
Year Range from 1909
Year Range to 1909
Copyright All rights belong to the History Museum of Western Virginia without restriction.
Subjects Building
Canvas
Diseases
Hospitals
Lean tos
Lean-tos
Man
Pavilions (Building divisions)
Sanatoriums
Staircases
Stairs
Tent structures
Tents
Trees
Tuberculosis
Windows
Windows
Search Terms Catawba Hospital
Catawba Sanatorium
Catawba Valley
Catawba, Virginia
Commonwealth of Virginia
Roanoke Red Sulphur Springs
Salem, Virginia
Collection History Museum Photograph Collection
Imagefile 045\199069884.JPG
Neg # HM059
Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1990.69.884