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Report - Preventorium Dohlain - Belgium, Sept 2013

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Leeds(Ex)plorer, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Leeds(Ex)plorer

    Leeds(Ex)plorer 28DL Regular User
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    Firstly, proper name (I think) because I couldn't be bothered with 'Fire truck hospital'

    Visited with Humpa and 2 non members

    Good un this, saw it back in April with Magpie, H1971, Renutt etc

    Went back to Belgium in september and the lads wanted to see it so I went with them

    Stolen history from Magpies report - Don't know where he got it from
    Just outside the city of Liege on the banks of the River Weser a strange art deco style building sits on top of a ridge overlooking a busy railway. Parked at one end of the building is an old red fire engine. This is the Preventorium Dolhain, a tuberculosis sanatorium for children.
    In the early part of the twentieth century TB had become a world wide pandemic. The hospital had 150 beds and such was the grip of the disease that they were full most of the time. But after the Second World War increasing use of recently discovered antibiotics soon made TB a thing of the past and the hospital began to slip into decline. With maintenance costs in excess of five million francs a year it made sound financial sense to close the hospital and it has stood empty ever since until it was bought by an investor in 1991 who had plans to turn it into apartments. Much of the interesting interior has been stripped - there are huge holes cut out of some of the walls and in places corridors come to a grinding halt where block work has been used to close them off. Of course without the plans very little of this work makes any sense!







    Thanks for looking

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