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Margaret Campbell, in “What Tuberculosis did for Modernism: The Influence of a Curative Environment on Modernist Design and Architecture,” contends that “light and air, and specifically sunlight, were influential in the interpretation of modernist hygienic ideas for the design of flat roofs, balconies, terraces and recliner chairs.” Modernism was articulated in Kentucky’s state sanatoria through the use of flat roofs, tiled interior spaces, and large glass windows.

The modernism reflected in these buildings combined hygienic and environmental knowledge.

Tile, considered a sanitary building material that could easily be cleaned, found its way into the hygienic design of 20 century, it was believed that the tubercle bacilli could survive in household dust and that sunlight offered a way to destroy the bacteria lingering in the built environment.

Light and air ultimately became intrinsically linked to the Anti-Tuberculosis Movement.

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One distinctive interior element that is a holdout from the sanatorium days is the yellow glazed wall tiles.

Described as “cheerful” in newspaper accounts, glazed yellow tiles decorated the interior walls of the main hospital building, parts of the nurses’ dormitory, and the boiler house/laundry.

When the state hospitals were constructed in Kentucky, the medical community and public still directly connected architectural design and environment with the treatment of tuberculosis.

That association proved short-lived as the introduction of the triple therapy treatment diminished the need for sanatoria by the 1950s.