Ashland Tuberculosis Hospital

The Ashland Tuberculosis Hospital, located in Ashland, Kentucky, was constructed from 1946 to 1948. The facility serviced the northeastern part of the commonwealth with state-of-the-art inpatient facilities that combated the threat of tuberculosis.

The hospital operated until the mid-1970’s before the threat of the disease diminished due to modern medicine and treatments. The building was reused in the 1980’s to 2005 as a Kentucky State Crime Lab and state office space.1

On February 27, 2008, it was announced that Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky would restore the former sanatorium to provide permanent and supportive housing for women and children who were victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.1 The grounds would include a playground, meditation garden, ponds and a herb and vegetable garden, with possible other future improvements slated, to be completed by Sweetbay Landscaping of Ashland. Interior renovations was completed by AU Associates of Lexington, who specialized in restoring neglected urban structures and consisted of constructing one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, a full-time daycare, multipurpose rooms, an industrial kitchen for vocational training, classrooms and meeting rooms.1

Renovations were completed in the spring of 2009.1


  1. Preston, Tim. “Creating a safe place in a neglected space.” Daily Independent (Ashland) 27 Feb. 2008. 27 Feb. 2008 Article.

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