I wanted to take advantage of our awesome November light to capture the way the old Laguna Honda hospital building feels to me. In many ways, the site feels like a memorial or graveyard, almost. People died here. People spent their final months and years here. Benches carry plaques commemorating loved ones. Tears were shed. Plants were planted in remembrance. And now it’s overgrown and the memories are slowly fading into the overgrowth.
I’ve always been fascinated by the hospital buildings. I know that the old building (the one pictured here) was once an open ward city hospital, and I believe at one time it was also a mental hospital. The original history of Laguna Honda goes back to 1868, when the city opened up a facility for smallpox in a location that was – at the time – far far away from the maddening rush of the city.
Laguna Honda Hospital Photo Walk – November 2015
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The buildings at Laguna Honda hospital have changed over the years. Clarendon Hall was demolished in 2008 to make way for the current “new” hospital facility. It’s pretty invisible from the street, though, so the old 1924 Spanish revival style building are still very much the “public face” of the Laguna Honda hospital.
What are your thoughts about Laguna Honda hospital?