Boyle Heights’ “haunted hospital” takes a step to a new life

Renovated nurses dorm at the former Linda Vista Hospital/AMCAL

More than twenty years after it closed, the first phase in the transformation of the former Linda Vista Community Hospital in Boyle Heights into an affordable senior housing complex has been completed with the renovation of a  nurses’ dormitory into 23 apartments. The renovation of the dormitory, located on the south end of the hospital grounds across from Hollenbeck Park, will be celebrated today with a grand opening ceremony.

“The completion of the nurses’ dormitory of Linda Vista is just the beginning of a revival of a major historical landmark and anchor in Boyle Heights,” said Mercedes Marquez, General Manager of the city’s Housing Department, in a statement.

The renovation of the Mission Revival style building at the corner of St. Louis and Inez streets cost $8.7 million and included the construction of  the new apartments for seniors  and the preservation of the building’s key historical features.

The second and larger phase of the project, which is scheduled to get underway by the end of the year, involves the renovation of the main hospital building into 97 senior apartments.

The main hospital building has proven popular among filmmakers as a setting for movies, TV shows and other productions. The 1920s-era complex is also, according to some, a popular hangout for ghosts and other forms of paranormal activities.

The complex was originally known as the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital and served railroad employees after opening  in 1904. The original buildings were demolished and the new ones built in 1924. The hospital, a city and federal historic landmark, closed for good in 1991.


  1. They are really going to put senior citizens in a haunted hospital? Were any steps taken to cleanse the hospital of the spirits? I wouldn’t pay good money to live there!!!!

    • Bleach. Bleach cleanses spirits.

    • I was lucky enough to get inside March 2014. We were snuck in the back door by a security guard. The place is every paranormal investigators Dream so I was grateful! When we were leaving I noticed clear bags by the door. They were filled with human ashes and even some bone fragments. I told the guard that he needed to relay the message that these ashes needed a proper burial.

  2. Like the article says there have been many things filmed here, one of my favorites was from the first season of Dexter. It was the location of Dexters’ brothers hideout.

  3. I would never put my loved once in any of those apartments unless I want them gone of this earth soon which no normal person wants so why are YOU? This place is HAUNTED and I don’t care how much you think you cleaned the area from spirits you need to get your relative out if you care at all. I know what Im talking about. You don’t listen you will see what happen. Please take this to Heart.

  4. Lingering spirits with unfinished business, asbestos, lead, and a building that probably was not retrofitted. Not good energy to begin with. Should have torn it down, the shinning in Boyle Heights.

  5. I have been there. This place should be torn down and made a plot for mourning those torchured souls. Not into senior living. That is just going to make for more souls to be trapped there. Very sad and sadistic thought.

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