Glenn Dale Hospital
Glenn Dale Hospital was a tuberculosis sanitarium in Glenn Dale, Maryland in the United States. It is a large facility, consisting of 23 buildings on 216 acres (0.87 km 2), that was built in 1934 and closed in 1982 due to asbestos. Though it is now closed and will be eventually demolished, for decades it was an important public health institution near Washington, D.C. Park Police patrol the hospital grounds regularly. Contrary to popular belief, the large incinerator present on the hospital grounds was not used for the destruction of human remains. Instead, hospital waste was burned. The hospital was featured in an award-winning Washington Post Magazine article, "Quarantined," on Dec. 10, 2006 by Leah Y. Latimer, former staff writer and author. The article detailed Latimer's mother's hospitalization there in the 1950s and the emotional fall-out for their family from then to the present. Latimer gave a lecture on the actual grounds of Glenn Dale on October 4, 2008. It was the first time the public was allowed on the grounds in almost 30 years. The unadvertised event drew more than 150 people. Latimer said she plans more lectures around the area, based on her continuing research and 110+ interviews. The hospital grounds consist of several buildings: Children's Nurses' Home Children's Hospital Building Residence "D" Dormitory Building "C" Nurses' Home Building "F" Duplex House Building "D" Doctor's House Building "G" Duplex House (Superintendent's Residence) Building "E" Doctor's House Adult Hospital Building Warehouse and Garage Heating Plant Sludge Bed Enclosure Sedimentation and Control Building Water Softener House Pump House Employee Building Laundry Residence "C" Dormitory Hot House Four Apartment Building No. 1 Four Apartment Building No. 2 Paint Shop Incinerator The buildings are characterized by broken glass and overgrown vines. Several of the buildings also have collapsed roofs. The children's hospital building and adult hospital building are the most widely explored structures by local trespassers. This is primarily due to their close distance to Glenn Dale Road, a local street that bisects the hospital grounds. Both the children's and adults' buildings are connected by a series of underground tunnels. These walkways join the basements of both buildings together. The basements of the hospital buildings are extremely dangerous. Large pieces of rusty, sharp metal and debris hang from the ceiling, and the buildings contain large amounts of asbestos. Each hospital basement has its own morgue. Today, these walkways are littered with garbage, broken glass, and graffiti. In addition, parts of the walkways are flooded with nearly 3 feet (0.91 m) of water.

Proposed sale
In 1994, Maryland enacted a law that requires if the grounds are sold, they are supposed to be used as a continuing care retirement community. The rest of the land is meant to be open space park land. In 1995, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) purchased the property from the District of Columbia. Under the deed, if the MNCPPC receives more than its cost from selling the property, it must share the proceeds with the District. In June 2010, MNCPPC advertised for proposals to purchase the 60-acre (240,000 m 2) hospital campus "as is" with the MNCPPC retaining the surrounding 150 acres (0.61 km 2). Final bids were due on September 14, 2010, but that deadline was extended to October 15, 2010. Ultimately, two bids were received, but the MNCPPC rejected both bids on the basis that neither bidder was licensed to operate a continuing care retirement community. In the meantime, the Countywide Historic Preservation Staff of MNCPPC is preparing an application to designate the hospital on the National Register of Historic Places, which would make tax credits available for restoration.