Short Story of a Children’s Tuberculosis Sanatorium
At the beginning of the 1900s, both adults and children suffered and died of tuberculosis. Medical science showed that fresh air and sunshine were essential for healing and a committee prepared a prestigious building project in Kolding, East Jutland in Denmark.
Experts thought that to place children at adult hospitals was unacceptable. The money was collected by people who bought Christmas seals placed on letters. See my post on the subject. Like so many other prestigious projects, the costs far exceeded the expectations. Debates were raging for and against in the years ahead, and the building process was delayed. The ground was hilly and the road narrow leading to the spot.
In the end, the sanatorium could be inaugurated for the purpose in 1911. It became a success, and during its function, 15.000 children were treated for tuberculosis. 85% of them got cured. Today, the interior of the building is under renovation, and since 1988 it’s run as a hotel.
On a three days trip in the area last week, we visited the place and took the photos in the July evening. Quality is worth seeing, and I am glad the people on the committee decided to stick to their plan on creating a beautiful place for the sick children.