Paris Tuberculosis Hospital - Abandoned by Sherman Cahal

Paris Tuberculosis Hospital

The Paris Tuberculosis Hospital, formerly located in Paris, Kentucky, operated from 1950 to the late 1970’s.

The hospital operated for patients that had contracted tuberculosis, infectious and contagious disease that generally affects the lungs and other organs The facility was dedicated during a ceremony that included 1,500 guests on June 14, 1950.1 It was the third dedicated tuberculosis in the state. Patient applications were processed on July 1 and the first admits were handled on July 24.

The state provided $2.7 million towards the administrative and operational costs of the hospitals, which included complexes in Ashland, London, Glasgow and Madisonville.1 Paris’ hospital was to serve a 20 county area and was expected to be at capacity within the year.

The development of the drug streptomycin led to a dramatic decline of tuberculosis rates and deaths in the United States.1 Most of the state tuberculosis hospitals in the state, including Paris’, closed in the late 1970’s. In the 1980’s, it was proposed to convert the shuttered hospital into an apartment complex for the elderly.

After remaining abandoned for several decades, the Paris Tuberculosis Hospital was demolished in 2012.1



  1. Hello My Name Is Brenda:

    And I recently moved here to Paris Kentucky I have An big Interest In Researching, the History of The TB Hospital Of Paris, Bourbon County.. I would Be highly Interested in knowing If you have any more Information and Pictures of the Doctors And Nurses & Staff also of the Patients of the hospital.. I Am doing a research and study of the desease of Tuberculosis and so living here in Kentucky this Is a Honor to me, If You Can help me I would really Appreciate your help.

    Thank You


    Brenda Vreede

    P.S. I would also like to know How I could become a voulnteer of the Historic Society?

  2. i was once a patient at that hospital i was treated for histoplasmoses when i was 7 or 8 years old there waw a man that played cards with me every night and they put on a christmas play i was the only child in the hospital at that time they got me a baby that away they tried to find me a table and chairs ,and one of the nurses made me a raggedy andy doll my mother got to come see me once a week and the little man would come and play some form of cards with or he would read too me as well as the nurses would and i havent forgot it and im 43 getting ready to turn44 im thankful that i had strangers to care about as well as my own family if ti had not for sam i would not be able to talk about it now he always told me he d be with me i was a lucky little girl . its amazing what u remember when u were a young girl u never forget kindness and love for others especially the dr and sam.

  3. Does any one the exact location of this building? i live in the nashville Tn area I know of the Paris area but not this location, I am doing an art project for my portfolio and would love to photograph this beautful building? Thank you

  4. My name is Ruth Clark. I was a patient there in 1962. I was there from March 28,1962 until Dec. 9, 1962. That hospital saved my life. I had T B in both lungs. There 3 floors of patients. I can. tell you many things about the hospital.

  5. I was a patient there in 1962. I could tell you many things about the hospital. The people there saved my life. If you would be interested in talking to me my phone no. Is 606-584-7433.

    • Ruth- I am interested in hearing about your experiences at the hospital. I live in downtown Paris KY and while the structure no longer stands, I am going to find the grounds it was on to help cleanse the deceased, as I am a psychic medium who “like the tv show Ghost Whisperer” helps the trapped spirits cross over. Especially the children…. I would like to know if you are aware of any cemetery that was on the grounds at the time. Thank you I am happy that you were saved from TB! I am sure it was quite a frightening experience. Blessings

  6. Amazing how much this looks like the Glasgow hospital. My Dad worked there from the mid 50’s until retirement in the 1980’s. It had been converted to the State Mental Hospital.
    The structure has been torn down and rebuilt.

  7. I was there in 1977 for five days a week with Histoplasmoses. If memory serves me correct, the fourth floor was for the Histoplasmoses patients and the third floor and second floor was for TB patients. I think the second floor had the dining room and the craft room. Bottom floor was doctor offices and morgue. My doctor was a Iranian that everyone called Dr. Taha. He was a very kind and skilled doctor.

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