Relay Sanitarium

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Relay Sanitarium
Opened 1878
Closed 1997
Current Status Closed
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Relay, Baltimore County, MD
Alternate Names
  • Gundry Sanitarium
  • Gundry Hospital
  • Conrad Sanitarium


The Relay Sanitarium is located at Relay, Baltimore County, Md., and was established in 1878, being founded by Dr. Conrad, and taken over and remodeled by the present management at a more recent date. The buildings are of frame and brick; they are lighted by electricity. The water supply is by the Baltimore County Water Company. There are 72 acres of land in connection with this institution. The number of patients is limited to 45. The detached buildings consist of a physicians' cottage, a farmer's cottage and servants' quarters. The patients are employed in the garden and on the grounds at farm work, etc. In the way of amusements there is croquet, tennis, golf, weekly dances and entertainments, pool, cards, library, etc. There are two medical officers, consisting of a superintendent and resident physician. Nurses are given practical training, but there is no training school. There are associate dining rooms. Cases of drug and alcoholic addiction are admitted as well as nervous and mental cases. The superintendent is Dr. Lewis H. Gundry.[1]

The Gundry Sanitorium (later Gundry Hospital) was acquired by the Glass Hospital, headed by Dr Sheldon Glass, for $3.2 million on February 5, 1988. The newly renamed facility, Gundry-Glass Hospital, became a 29-bed inpatient centre for children aged 4 to 12 who suffered from acute psychiatric problems. On August 17, 1997, Gundry/Glass Hospital closed and laid off 130 employees. It claimed state officials had failed to pay the facility $3.2 million in Medicaid funds. An investor group owned by Sheppard Pratt Health bought Athol with the intention of finding another user.

The investors sold Athol to the New Psalmist Baptist Church in August 2000. The 7,500-member congregation $1.4 million for the former hospital. Church officials evaluated which of the five buildings on the campus would be suitable for outreach, education or community purposes. At one point, the church considered building a gymnasium for the neighbourhood. The church subsequently sold the mansion to the city of Baltimore in August 2006 when it relocated to the Seton Business Park. The city acquired Athol as part of the Uplands redevelopment project.

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