Linda Vista: The Ruins of an Abandoned Los Angeles Hospital
Twenty years after the last patient left the grounds, the turn-of-the-century compound remains a telling anachronism.
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While scouting for a short film that never came to fruition, some friends and I talked our way inside an empty, run-down hospital in Boyle Heights. The short was supposed to take place in a hospital, but after a few minutes wandering the halls of Linda Vista -- alone and decidedly creeped-out -- it became obvious that there was no way the place would work. It had been closed for 20 years, and it showed: there was dirt caked in layers on walls and mysteriously wet floors; windows were broken and doors hung off their hinges; ceiling tiles had fallen victim to moisture and gravity, and rats had chewed through the walls. We didn't have the money to make Linda Vista look like anything more than a horror movie -- a few of which had actually been shot there over the years.
Linda Vista was a railroad hospital, constructed in 1905 to care for Santa Fe railroad workers who had been injured on the job.
This file, on top of a scattered pile on the third floor, seems to be the admittance form for one Charlie S. Plunk -- railroad conductor, born 1909, admitted October, 1972.
Someone left behind a safety razor.
The halls are long and maze-like; it's easy to get lost.
Down in the boiler room
Dumbwaiters are everywhere.
Art directors have had their way with this room.
An old lobby chair?
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