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.
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.