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.
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.