Linda Vista Community Hospital
Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital
Linda Vista Community Hospital in 2006
|Location||610-30 St. Louis Street, Los Angeles, California|
|Built||1905 closed in 1991|
|Architectural style||Mission/Spanish Revival|
|NRHP reference #||05001499|
|Added to NRHP||January 3, 2006|
|Designated LAHCM||January 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.
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. It is currently senior apartments.
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
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.The Santa Fe Railroad sold the 150-bed hospital to a managed healthcare company in 1980. 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.
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
Notable works shot at Linda Vista include the following:
- To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
- In the Line of Fire (1992)
- Outbreak (1995)
- Suicide Kings (1997)
- L.A. Confidential (1997)
- Conspiracy Theory (1997)
- Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return (1999)
- End of Days (1999)
- The Cell (2000)
- Pearl Harbor (2001)
- The Longest Yard (2005)
- Boo (2005)
- Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005)
- Room 6 (2006)
- The Gene Generation (2007)
- Deadgirl (2008)
- Zombie Strippers (2008)
- The Lords of Salem (2012)
- Killjoy Goes to Hell (2012)
- Rift (2012)
- Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)
- Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
- Television programs
- The pilot episode of ER
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Dexter (Season 1, Episode 4: "Let's Give the Boy a Hand")
- True Blood (Season 5) in the episode "Let's Boot and Rally"
- Criminal Minds (Season 7) in the episode "Heathridge Manor"
- L.A. 7 (the Art College Bradley works at in the episode "Working"
- Music videos
- The Duran Duran song "Falling Down"
- The Fall Out Boy song “Where Did the Party Go” 
- The Garbage song "Bleed Like Me"
- The Used song "Blood on My Hands"
- The Avenged Sevenfold song "Nightmare"
- The In This Moment song "Adrenalize"
- The Rise Against song "Hero of War"
- The We Are the In Crowd song "Rumor Mill" on the album Best Intentions
- The Foo Fighters song "Best of You"
- The Hollywood Undead song "We Are"
- The Otep song "Apex Predator"
- The Paramore song "Monster"
- Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments on the East and Northeast Sides
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Los Angeles, California
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Linda Vista Community Hospital: A Haunted And Popular Filming Location". Yell magazine. June 8, 2013.
- "Linda Vista Haunted History". Travel Channel.
- "For Location Scouts, It's All About Making The Scene". NPR. February 25, 2011.
- "19 LA buildings made famous in spooky movies and TV shows". Curbed. October 31, 2016.
- "Historic L.A. hospital site to be turned into senior apartments". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 2012.
- "These Sets From Scary Movies Are Even Creepier When They're Abandoned". io9. March 20, 2015.
- "On The Set Of Insidious Chapter 2: Touring One Of The Creepiest Places On Earth". Cinema Blend.
- Insidious 3 Set Visit
- "Griffith Park Ranked as Top L.A. Film Location in 2012". The Hollywood Reporter. January 2, 2013.
- "sclubility". sclubility. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
- "AMCAL California Bond Application request, #11-159"
- "Boyle Heights’ haunted hospital to be turned into senior housing, Dec 22,2011"
- "Calif Health Law News - California’s Vanishing Community Hospital: An Endangered Institution"
Media related to Linda Vista Community Hospital at Wikimedia Commons
- Linda Vista Senior website