Linda Vista Community Hospital

Coordinates: 34°2′18″N 118°13′2″W / 34.03833°N 118.21722°W / 34.03833; -118.21722
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Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital
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Linda Vista Community Hospital in 2006
Linda Vista Community Hospital is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Linda Vista Community Hospital
Linda Vista Community Hospital is located in California
Linda Vista Community Hospital
Linda Vista Community Hospital is located in the United States
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; -118.21722
Built1905 closed in 1991
ArchitectGilman, H.L.
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
NRHP reference No.05001499[1]
LAHCM No.713
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 3, 2006
Designated LAHCMApril 5, 2002

Linda Vista Community Hospital is a former hospital located at 610-30 South St. Louis Street in Los Angeles, California, United States, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. The hospital was originally constructed for employees of the Santa Fe Railroad and called the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital. It was one of four employee hospitals run by the railroad Santa Fe Employees Hospital Association.

The hospital closed in 1991. After its closure, the hospital became a popular filming location for productions, including films, TV shows, and music videos. It has also become the subject of several paranormal investigations. The hospital was sold in 2011 and converted into a low income senior living facility called Hollenbeck Terrace.


Original building in 1905
Exterior view of hospital, circa 1905

The original building that housed the hospital opened in the fall of 1905 to serve employees of the Santa Fe Railroad.[2] It 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 was designed by Charles Whittlesey and known as the Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital. The hospital was so successful that it began expanding and the location, overlooking Hollenbeck Park was transformed into a campus.

The original 1905 building was replaced in 1938 with the current Mission Revival Style structure, designed by architect H.L. Gilman.[3] In 1985 it became the Linda Vista Community Hospital.

Decline and closure[edit]

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, severely affecting the hospital financially. The Santa Fe Railroad sold the 150-bed hospital to American Healthcare Management in 1980. According to a California Health Law News report, Linda Vista was forced to reduce operational expenses in the form of limiting whole services and as a result saw much blame for mistreatment of patients and a noticeable decline in quality. As the hospital cut operational costs, more hospital staff and patients began transferring out to more affluent hospitals in the area as a result. During the 1970s and 1980s, the hospital spent most of the time treating victims of gang-related violence in the nearby area as crime had risen dramatically around Boyle Heights. Making matters worse for the hospital, a majority of the victims were either underinsured or uninsured, contributing to financial difficulties. Following public criticism noted in an LA times article in 1988, system mismanagement eventually 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 and nurses moved to other hospitals. In 1991, the hospital ceased operations.


In the decades following its closure, the building became 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. During that time, it was used primarily as a filming location. In January 2006, the hospital was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Linda Vista Hospital c. 2017 as Hollenbeck Terrace Senior Lofts

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 Hollenbeck Terrace and now provide a total of 97 apartments for fixed-income seniors plus a medical facility.[4]

As a filming location[edit]

Notable works shot at Linda Vista include the following:

Television programs
Music videos

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "FINE HOSPITAL OPEN IN WEEK.: Santa Fe's Best Haven Nearly Ready for Use; Most Complete of RailroadHomes for Sick; Commands Fine view from Boyle Heights". Los Angeles Times. October 26, 1906.
  3. ^ "Southland Hospital Facilities Greatly Expanded". Los Angeles Times. July 31, 1938.
  4. ^ "Hollenbeck Terrace | Los Angeles Conservancy".
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Linda Vista Community Hospital: A Haunted And Popular Filming Location". Yell magazine. June 8, 2013.
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  11. ^ a b c d "Historic L.A. hospital site to be turned into senior apartments". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c "These Sets From Scary Movies Are Even Creepier When They're Abandoned". io9. March 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "On The Set Of Insidious Chapter 2: Touring One Of The Creepiest Places On Earth". Cinema Blend.
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  21. ^ "The Paranormal Past-Present-Future of Linda Vista Hospital".

External links[edit]

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