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Linda Vista Hospital featured in VH1’s “Charm School”


Screenshot courtesy of VH1.

After a noticeable spike in traffic (1,000 visitors is huge for me!), I started wondering what all the fuss was about.  Well, I was flipping channels the other day and got my answer.  VH1’s “Charm School with Ricki Lake”, which features dumped contestants from the network’s past two reality dating shows, sent its “students” to the abandoned Linda Heights Hospital.  The so-called haunted hotspot is actually Linda Vista Community Hospital, which was visited and previously written about on this blog.  (I am by no means whatsoever a fan of the show, but if you’re curious, check it out here, courtesy of an anonymous commenter’s link on that post).

Though no ghosts come out to play on the VH1 episode, others who’ve checked out the hospital have had their own odd experiences.  The Los Angeles Paranormal Association recorded strange humming noises during one of their visits.  In a past interview on this blog, the hospital’s manager said he believes oftentimes the old building’s natural noises are “misinterpreted.”  In any case, listen to LAPA’s recording and decide for yourself.

Regardless of whether the location is the home to the dead or living (remnants of the homeless can be seen here and there), the hospital continues to garner attention from urban explorers, paranormal investigators and curious Angelenos alike.

Return to Linda Vista Community Hospital

Please note: The author of this blog does not encourage trespassing in any way, shape, or form.  The Linda Vista Community Hospital is currently not open to the public and is available as a filming location; visit http://www.lindavistalocation.com for more information.

Linda Vista Community Hospital parking sign

This shot was originally taken during a previous visit to the Linda Vista Community Hospital, formerly the Santa Fe Coastlines Hospital.

Fifty years ago at Linda Vista Community Hospital, doctors would have been calling out to nurses for patients’ records, the nurses would have hurried to the patients’ bedsides in scrubs, and the patients might have been complaining about the obligatory tasteless hospital food.  Today, this scenario would only take place after the words “Lights, camera, action” were shouted after the snap of a clapperboard.

As promised in a previous post, another visit was paid to the Linda Vista Community Hospital in Boyle Heights (Unfortunately, the usual DSLR camera used for shooting was out of commission for the day, hence the camera phone photos).

The prior post incorrectly stated the hospital was built in 1937; it was in fact established in 1904, says Francis Kortekaas, who has managed the location for the last 20 or so years.

Originally built to service Santa Fe Railroad employees, the Santa Fe Coastlines Hospital had several construction phases in 1925, 1931, 1938, 1961 and 1966, according to the California State Parks’ Office of Historical Preservation.  The different decades’ architectural styles are evident in the building’s six floors, and a stroll through the hospital will transport visitors through time from Classic Revival to Art Deco to Streamline Modern periods.  Eventually, in 1937, it became the Linda Vista Community Hospital.

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Boyle Heights’ Linda Vista Community Hospital

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Linda Vista Community Hospital, Boyle Heights

We couldn't get inside of the hospital, but I took this photo of the building's front. Another visit will happen soon!

Update: Check out the second post on the hospital, which includes an interview with the location’s manager and photos from the inside.

According to the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Linda Vista Community Hospital, formerly known as Santa Fe Coast Hospital, was built in 1937 and used to treat Santa Fe Railroad employees.  After closing in 1991, the hospital was named as a historical building in 2006 by the U.S. in their National Register of Historic Places (NRHC) and is now only used as a filming location (its website is www.lindavistalocation.com).

There have been claims that the hospital is haunted by its past doctors and patients; unfortunately, the doors were locked and we could not get inside to investigate.  There were a couple trucks of firefighters training on the east side of the building, and after asking the groundsmen about the location, we were told we could come back the next day after the firefighters were done training – not too sure what that meant, but in any case, another trip is due soon for interviews.  See under the cut for more photos  taken at the site.

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