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Report - Henryton Sanitarium, outside Baltimore, USA - 19/12/07

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by kts262, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. kts262

    kts262 28DL Full Member
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    I wasn't going to post thing since these photos are terrible. They are from over a year ago when I first started exploring (this was the 2nd location I ever went to) when I was using my old Canon S50 and I knew nothing about taking photos. (I still don't know much but I'm getting better. ;))

    The reason I'm posting these even though they are such rubbish? Last night someone managed to burn down a significant portion of this place. Although people have been trying to burn this place down and it's been heavily vandalized for the last 20 years that it's been abandoned it looks like someone finally succeeded. I few months ago I found photos of this place from 2000 and it was SPOTLESS. In 7 short years it was destroyed by punk kids, taggers, scrappers, and arsonists.

    I guess I shouldn't care since it's just a building but I grew up not 5 minutes away from this place. My mom volunteered there a few times before I was born as well. I guess I have a strange feeling of connectedness to it and I'm sad that so much of it is now gone.

    Some history of the place:

    The facility was established in the 1920’s as a tuberculosis hospital for the “Negro†population. The hospital was converted to a facility serving the developmentally disabled population (i.e., mental retardation) in 1962, and closed in 1985. It has been vacant since closing. However, the Maryland State Police currently use the facility on a part-time basis to train police dogs and demonstrate how to conduct searches, etc.

    The hospital campus consists of eighteen buildings, with a total of 228,000 square feet. The campus is located on 46 acres in the middle of a State Park. The main buildings at the hospital include three connecting multi-story structures, built between the 1920’s and 1940, containing approximately 119,000 square feet. The earliest building comprised the original tuberculosis hospital. Two additions were built and renovations were made to the original building between the time of the original construction and 1940. There are also five support buildings located nearby. These were built between 1936 and 1952 and contain approximately 96,000 square feet. Seven small maintenance buildings or sheds scattered throughout the campus were constructed between the 1920’s and 1940 and have a total of 8,000 square feet of space. Finally, there are three other maintenance buildings constructed between 1957 and 1960.

    The property is abandoned and currently for sale and having trouble selling due to environmental issues and the historical value of the buildings some of which cannot be torn down.

    My visit to this site was cut short since I went on a weekday that they just happened to be doing police dog training. I luckily managed to sneak out without being seen but it was a close call. For a year now I've been meaning to go back and take more photos but for some reason I kept putting it off. Damn me for waiting too long. :(

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    News: http://wjz.com/local/fire.carroll.county.2.614180.html

    I wish I could catch the wankers that did this and toss them in the fire.

    I also wish I had been back to this place sooner. Damn me for putting it off for too long.
     
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