Linda Vista Hospital

Recently on February 10, 2016 I had to go to my grandmother’s house in East Los Angeles. On Only a few blocks away from her house is one of the most popular haunted locations of Los Angeles. The Linda Vista Hospital in Boyle Heights has been on countless television shows to determine if it is in fact haunted. It was built in 1905 and was used by many patients, it was generally used by the workers in that area. More specifically the hospital was built for the employees who worked on the nearby railroads. The hospital then had two renovations before being shut down, once in the 1920s and again in 1939. It was shut down in 1991, it was then used mainly for filming purposes such as haunted locations shows, movies, dramas, and music videos. It has recently been reopened as apartments for seniors to live in. It has been renovated yet again since it was left alone for over twenty years and was reopened in 2012.

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The walls have been painted, flowers have been planted, and the grass has grown back beautifully. Growing up, my family would always drive past the hospital and gaze upon it as we passed it. When we were younger my brother and I would make up stories about the “creepy hospital next to grandma’s house” and try to visualize what it might have looked like on the inside. In the recent years it would constantly be taped off and no one was allowed near since some time of filming was constantly going on around it. Recently it no long looks “creepy”, in fact, it is quite beautiful. Driving past it on Wednesday reminded me of how different it was before, and how there is so much history in LA. I was also amazed at how the building looked nearly identical after it was renovated, which suggested to me that the people who worked on it appreciated what it looked like before and wanted it to remain as original as possible.

2 Comments

  1. Ian Lococo

    I really like this post, because I feel like there are so many old buildings in Los Angeles that get re-purposed into new things such as little stores or apartments in this case, however there is always a little old charm that is left with the building when it is renovated that holds the story of its past.

  2. Sean Smith

    I appreciate the personal connection to Linda Vista, but would ask that in these posts we dig a bit deeper and think about the history of the building and the space around it. Go back to our conversation about the architecture of fantasy and the selling of LA in the earliest histories when this hospital was built. Think about the classically ethnic neighborhood of Japanese, Jews, and Mexicans who populated the portion of the city prior to the war and its transition in the post war era, which saw the ghettoization of Boyle Heights, through the 1980s and finally the gentrification, which the Linda Vista project is a part of of the area as hipsters, and developers are moving in at a frittering pace, chasing out the dominate Mexican culture in the area.

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