Sawyer Sanatorium

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Sawyer Sanatorium
Opened 1895
Closed 1930s
Current Status Preserved
Building Style Single Building
Location Marion, OH
Alternate Names


Dr. C.E. Sawyer was a homeopathic physician who was the longtime personal doctor to U.S. President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Kling Harding. Sawyer is often blamed in the matter of Harding's death in 1923.

Dr. Sawyer was an 1881 graduate of the Cleveland Homeopathic Hospital College, Cleveland, Ohio, earning his degree in homeopathy, and began his practice outside of LaRue, Ohio in western Marion County, Ohio. Following a brief period in Indianapolis, the Sawyers returned to Marion where Dr. Sawyer began the construction of a modern sanatorium, designed by Frank Packard, for the treatment of medical and emotional maladies. This building was built in three stages and is currently located on South Main Street in Marion, Ohio; the building is currently known as the Elite (E-light) Apartments. Sawyer also operated the Parkview Sanatorium in Columbus, Ohio under the corporate name of "Ohio Sanatorium Company".