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  • Fitzsimons General Hospital, 1920

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    In 1918 Fitzsimons General Hospital was established east of Denver to treat soldiers infected with tuberculosis during World War I. Soon it grew to eighty-six buildings and a capacity of 1,400 patients.
    Fitzsimons General Hospital, 1920
  • Fitzsimons Main Hospital Building

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    Completed in 1941, the Main Hospital Building was intended to be the best and most modern tuberculosis treatment center in the United States. Its design was intended to maximize patients' access to sunshine and fresh air.
    Fitzsimons Main Hospital Building
  • Fitzsimons Main Hospital Building Mailboxes

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    The Main Hospital Building featured Art Deco details, such as the rounded corner and lighting in the post office. The 290,000-square-foot building also included two large dining rooms, a gym, an officers' clubroom, and a library.
    Fitzsimons Main Hospital Building Mailboxes
  • Anschutz Medical Campus

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    After Fitzsimons was closed in 1996, the former army hospital became home to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, pictured here, and the adjacent Fitzsimons Innovation Campus, a medical research park.
    Anschutz Medical Campus

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References: 

Carol R. Byerly, “Good Tuberculosis Men”: The Army Medical Department’s Struggle with Tuberculosis (Fort Sam Houston, TX: Office of the Surgeon General, Borden Institute, 2013).

Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado: A Commemorative History (Aurora, CO: Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Public Affairs Office, 1997).

Jim Newton, Eisenhower: The White House Years (New York: Doubleday, 2011).

R. Laurie Simmons and Thomas H. Simmons, “Fitzsimons General Hospital, Main Hospital Building,” Colorado State Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (November 27, 1998).

Additional Information: 

Eisenhower Suite: The President’s 1955 Heart Attack,” School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Fitzsimons Innovation Campus.

“Fitzsimons Redevelopment,” City of Aurora.

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