From Vacant to Vibrant: Adaptive Reuse of Abandoned Asylums and Sanatoriums Through the Study of Glenn Dale Hospital in Glenn Dale, Maryland
Chamberlain, Caitlin A.
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Historic Preservation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Historic Preservation
Includes bibliographical references (p.85-94).
Structurally sound historic psychiatric asylums and tuberculosis sanatoriums remain vacant and unused rather than repurposed into sites that are once again useful and valuable properties for various reasons, including neglect, a desire for new construction, or protective covenants that are too restrictive to locate an appropriate buyer. Unique in their architectural styles and campus-like facilities on large tracts of landscaped grounds, former sanatoriums and asylums are a valuable but often unrecognized resource. These buildings were designed through a moral philosophy that centered on healing through the beauty in architectural and landscape design.
The key focus of this thesis is on Glenn Dale Hospital, in Glenn Dale, Maryland, an endangered tuberculosis sanatorium in immediate need of a rehabilitation plan, as its buildings are continuously subjected to deterioration and vandalism. Through the use of successful and questionable case studies dealing with similar situations, lessons learned from these cases can help determine the appropriate approach for an adaptive rehabilitation plan that will bring the Glenn Dale Hospital property back into a functional use that serves to benefit the surrounding community through reuse and the maintenance of a sense of place and history in an area plagued by suburban sprawl.
CHAIR: Pinkerton, Connie
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