Exploring the Tuberculosis Hospital (USA)

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 25.10.2010

We are deep in the woods, its serious Urbex territory, fallen trees to climb over and hill sides to negotiate, steep hill sides at that. We have just left one very impressive Urbex location and its a relatively short walk over more of the same to reach what can only be described as… Urbex Gold.

At the top of the hill we come to a damaged area of fencing, reasonably easy to pass through due to said damage. In front of us is a small road and a live hospital complex. Trying to stay cool we walk along the road a short distance heading towards what our host tells us is the regular (Urbex) entry point. Our host stops sharply having spotted a car parked within view of the entry point.

At this point we turn, back track and make our way to a very risky entry point we passed earlier. There is nobody within site but a car could round the bend near us at any point, as I have said this area is live.
The decision is made, ‘Urban Decay’ pulls up the bottom of the fence and after passing under the camera gear, bags tripods etc, myself (Ivorbean) and Andre squeeze under commando style. ‘Urban Decay’ follows while we hold the fence for him and we all dart into the trees surrounding the Hospital on that side. Emerging from the trees we take a set of step and then enter a broken door.

A dark looking doorway ahead of us leads us down a set of stairs to a service tunnel. Along the tunnel we go following our host. There appears to be light…. bulbs are lit towards the end of the tunnel and I realize the tunnel connects to the live site! We turn off before the end and climb a set of stairs into……

URBEX PARADISE.

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There is definitely a time warp feel to this place, there appears to equipment here that way predates its operating years as a Tuberculosis Hospital. In particular wheelchairs from the 1920′s era. Very old beds sit amongst piles of leaves and dust. Its a strange place indeed.

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Through a doorway into another room I find an ancient leg brace complete with shoe. Back in the main ward a Demineralizer, which is wild looking.

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Most of the good stuff is in this area so I spend some time exploring this floor. Every corner holds a treat for a photographer but we only have limited time.

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Into a side room I find a wonderful set of decayed privacy curtails originally used round hospital beds, an accompanying chair adds to the scene which is lit by a window. (This was one of my favorite shots and will be featured in the December issue of Digital Photo Magazine).

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At the rear of the main ward is a set of stairs with glass block walls, I love the look of these.

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When we entered the site we met up with some fellow explorers, ‘Earth Magnified’ and ‘Chris Creek’ it was a great explore so a crew shot was arranged (Andre and the boys to thank for that).

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We nearly got caught as we left the place via the same fence. What looked like a plain police car went passed just as we were making are way under!

I was the one left on the wrong side but soon made my way out when it was clear. Incredible…

Written by Ivorbean

8 comments

#1Mr. MonsterOctober 28, 2010, 10:53 am

awesome place and story.
and of course stunning shots with a nice processing!
love it!
looks sooooo spookie!
great!

#2MitchDecember 13, 2010, 5:54 am

Would this site happen to be on Staten Island, New York?

#3Jamie A. MacDonaldJanuary 18, 2011, 9:09 pm

OMG! This is incredible!!! I can’t even imagine a find like that!

Brilliant shooting.

#4Pinchov BasilSeptember 20, 2011, 11:47 pm

these are insane! awesome work, if you guys are in the north east we should plan a trip! hit me up through my facebook in the link.i saw this site spray painted at the norwich state hospital on sunday.

#5Black SheepOctober 5, 2011, 11:09 am

Awesome place, nice shots!

#6VanessaFebruary 24, 2012, 4:49 pm

This is just amazing! Where was this hospital located?

#7metalchefMarch 10, 2012, 6:34 am

Dude, I filmed a horror movie there in 1986. 12 minute black and white 16mm , it’s called the brotherhood of the bereaved. 1 camera shoot took six weeks of sundays cheers

#8NicoleApril 24, 2012, 10:41 am

Insane! Great pics!

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