The Firland Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Richmond Highlands was started by the Anti-Tuberculosis League of King County (which later became the American Lung Association) for the care of patients with tuberculosis. Seattle City Architect Daniel Huntington designed six of the campus buildings, built 1913-14, including the Elizabethan half-timbered administration, Detweiler classroom buildings, and powerhouse. Firland Sanatorium was turned over to the City of Seattle in 1912.
Vicki Stiles, Executive Director of the Shoreline Museum, will share the development history of the site, and historian and author Paula Becker will share local author Betty MacDonald’s first-hand experience as a patient at Firland, which she wrote about and published in The Plague and I.
In 1947, the Seattle/King County Health Department acquired the surplus Naval Hospital in north Seattle, and the Firland Sanatarium moved to this new site. In 1948, CRISTA founder Mike Martin began looking for a place to house and feed the teens he met through his youth ministry. Although the King County Commissioners responsible for the sanatorium’s fate initially rejected Martin’s application to lease the space, he was persistent. Eventually, they granted him the 56-acre campus for a $1.00 a year, with one condition: he must also begin a much-needed retirement community on the campus. Just one year later the sanatorium became King’s Garden and opened as a home to youth in dormitories and approximately 80 older residents. Soon, King’s Schools was formed to meet the youths’ educational needs with a Christian-centered mission. King’s Garden became CRISTA in 1979. It serves people through education, international relief and development, senior care, and media.
Both The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald and Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I by Paula Becker are available at Elliott Bay Book Company and would be excellent preparation for this program.
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