I don't know too much on the history of this place, just a bit of info I've picked up online. It was finished being built in 1916 and used as a hospital until 1965. Apparently, Brownsville was a very happening place, due to their river and railways. I've heard people say that it was thought to become as big as Pittsburgh. Naturally, in it's heyday, they needed a hospital. They closed due to population and economic decline, like so many other businesses and industries at the time. Other than that, I know probably about 20 years agos, it was still somewhat of a safe structure because it had been used as a spook house. Today, there are parts of the floor that are completely collapsed. It's in bad shape and completely fenced off. It is still filled with a lot of furniture and surprisingly, a lot of hand writtern files and paperwork dated way back. My favorite feature is the chipping, peeling paint. In combination with the exposed wood, I think it's the most beautiful detail. I only regret not making it down to the basement to find the morgue. I went in the early morning and was not expecting to need a flashlight.
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And here is my super cute squatter companion on this little breaking and entering mission.. ;)
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