Government sanatoriums were opened in the early 20th century to house and treat people with tuberculosis. Exposure to fresh air and sunlight were critical elements of the treatment. These are the women's shelters at the Cashmere Sanatorium near Christchurch, which were located on the north-facing side of the Cashmere Hills. The large windows and multiple sliding doors were designed to let in as much air and sun as possible. Some of the shelters were on wheels so they could be moved to catch the sun.
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