Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: Defunct Cross of Lorraine

The heraldic two-barred cross, erected in 1953, was used as a symbol for the fight against lung disease, and stood across the street from the Hamilton Sanitorium, which has since been torn down.

Address:
Sanitorium Rd, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Directions:
From Mohawk Rd W. turn north at Tim Horton's onto Scenic Drive. Follow for 2.5 km, then bear left onto Sanitorium Rd. You'll soon see the cross ahead on the left.
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Cross of Lorraine.

Defunct Cross of Lorraine

The Cross of Lorraine was built in November 1953 as a symbol of hope and a reminder of the threat of tuberculosis, which at the time was running rampant in the area. Across the street is the empty lot where once stood the Hamilton Sanitorium, opened in 1906 to treat TB patients. Doctors wanted a location with plenty of fresh air in a tranquil setting to try to help the victims breathe, because there was no cure.

[Niki, 08/20/2022]

The heraldic two-barred cross has been used as a symbol for the fight against lung disease since the early 20th century.


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