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.

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