Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases

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Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases
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Main hospital building, August 2011.
Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases is located in Baltimore
Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases
Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases is located in Maryland
Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases
Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases is located in the United States
Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases
LocationArgonne Dr., W. of Herring Rd., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates39°20′16″N 76°34′52″W / 39.33778°N 76.58111°W / 39.33778; -76.58111Coordinates: 39°20′16″N 76°34′52″W / 39.33778°N 76.58111°W / 39.33778; -76.58111
Area10 acres (4.0 ha)
Built1924 (1924)
ArchitectEdward Hughes Glidden, Sr.
Architectural styleItalian Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference #98001294[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 30, 1998

Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases, also known as Montebello State Hospital or Montebello State Chronic Disease Hospital, was a hospital and is a national historic district in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It was originally constructed in 1922-1924, and the campus consists of seven Italian Renaissance Revival style buildings: the main hospital building, the administration building, the kitchen, the nurses’ home, the laundry with servants’ quarters above, the garage, and the powerhouse. A residence for the Director of Medical Research was added in 1939. The campus was designed by noted Baltimore architect Edward Hughes Glidden.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]

The patient records of Sydenham Hospital are held at the National Library of Medicine and showcase nature and treatment of communicable diseases in the pre-antibiotic era.[3]

The main hospital building was demolished in 2013 and an empty lot now sits in its place.[4][5] Many women and children and workers at the House of Ruth, domestic violence shelter, Baltimore, were exposed to asbestos in 2013, during the demolition. Many have mesothelioma. Some are diagnosed, yet many have not started to show symptoms yet, in 2019.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Andrea Bakewell Lowery and Laura Hughes (March 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Sydenham Hospital for Communicable Diseases" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  3. ^ "Sydenham Hospital Records 1909-1962". National Library of Medicine.
  4. ^ Alexander (2014-11-17). "Deserted Places: The abandoned Montebello State Hospital in Baltimore". Deserted Places. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  5. ^ "The Montebello State Hospital for Communicable Diseases - Viral Infections Blog Articles". Retrieved 2017-03-21.

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