Linda Vista Community Hospital

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Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital
Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, Los Angeles.JPG
Linda Vista Community Hospital
Linda Vista Community Hospital is located in California
Linda Vista Community Hospital
Location610-30 St. Louis Street, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°2′18″N 118°13′2″W / 34.03833°N 118.21722°W / 34.03833; -118.21722Coordinates: 34°2′18″N 118°13′2″W / 34.03833°N 118.21722°W / 34.03833; -118.21722
Built1905 closed in 1991
ArchitectGilman, H.L.
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #05001499[1]
LAHCM #713
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 3, 2006
Designated LAHCMJanuary 3, 2006
 
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Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital
Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, Los Angeles.JPG
Linda Vista Community Hospital
Linda Vista Community Hospital is located in California
Linda Vista Community Hospital
Location610-30 St. Louis Street, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°2′18″N 118°13′2″W / 34.03833°N 118.21722°W / 34.03833; -118.21722Coordinates: 34°2′18″N 118°13′2″W / 34.03833°N 118.21722°W / 34.03833; -118.21722
Built1905 closed in 1991
ArchitectGilman, H.L.
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #05001499[1]
LAHCM #713
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 3, 2006
Designated LAHCMJanuary 3, 2006

Linda Vista Community Hospital, originally called the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital and Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, is a former hospital at 610-30 South St. Louis Street in Los Angeles, California, United States, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. The hospital was built for railroad employees and was one of four employee hospitals run by the railroad Santa Fe Employees Hospital Association. The property was purchased for $5,500 and the hospital was constructed at a cost of $147,000.[citation needed]

After its closure, the hospital became a popular filming location for horror-themed productions, including films, TV shows, and music videos. It has also become the subject of several paranormal investigations.

History[edit]

The hospital opened to great fanfare in 1904 and even had its own Jersey cows, chickens, and a garden to provide patients with the freshest milk, butter, eggs, poultry and vegetables. This original Moorish-style hospital building designed by Charles Whittlesey, known as the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, was razed and rebuilt in 1924 in the current Mission Revival Style structure. In 1989 it was renamed the Linda Vista Community Hospital.

Decline and closure[edit]

The Santa Fe Railroad sold the 150-bed hospital to a managed healthcare company in 1980. By the late 1970s, the railroad hospital association facilities were experiencing declining use, as more railroad workers began to use conventional medical-insurance policies. The area surrounding the hospital also became a less-affluent area and hospital funding was affected. According to a California Health Law News report, when Linda Vista tried to reduce operational expenses in response, the hospital was blamed for an increase in facility death rates. During that time, the hospital was regularly treating a fair number of gunshot wounds and stabbings from the local neighborhoods, which affected its mortality statistics. An increase in uninsured and under-insured patients forced the hospital to close its emergency services department in 1989. The quality of care at Linda Vista Community Hospital continued to decline as doctors moved to other hospitals. In 1991, the hospital ceased operations.

Post-closure[edit]

In the decades since its closure, it has become the center of several paranormal investigations; the most notable investigation was initiated by Ghost Adventures, where the crew stayed a full night in the hospital. Since that time, it has been used primarily as a filming location. In January 2006, the hospital was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2011, the 4.2-acre Linda Vista Hospital complex was purchased by AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc. The structures on the historic registry, the main hospital and former nurses dormitory, were renovated into the Linda Vista Senior Apartments and now provide a total of 97 apartments for fixed-income seniors plus a medical facility.

As a filming location[edit]

Notable works shot at Linda Vista include the following:

Films
Television programs
Music videos
Commercials
Internet
Live Performances

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