The Wasting

The Wasting 

At the turn of the 20th century this tuberculosis sanatorium was constructed upon a knoll overlooking miles of rolling forests and glades. Even today the fieldstone facings of the architecture seem at home within these rural surroundings. The facility operated in its initial role - as a sanatorium, for many years, eventually turning into a state-operated hospital center. By the mid 1960's however, the building was no longer needed as a hospital and underwent a dramatic transformation, reopening as a reform school for young men. Some years later the school underwent changes once again, becoming a state juvenile services center. The complex still operates today, though it has long since vacated the original buildings, for a home elsewhere on the grounds. Left without a purpose, this old hospital administration building continuously falls deeper and deeper into disrepair.

Though the stone which adorns the exterior of this old institution seems to have well stood the test of time, they belie the frail state of the building's neglected wood and plaster interior. Like many abandoned structures, some areas within these walls have fared worse than others, and the difference is as varied as night and day. One minute you may be walking confidently down the hallways of an upper-level ward, the next you may be searching for footing on a section of flooring more akin to wet cardboard than lumber. It is here, during these instances, that one truly understands just how powerful something as mundane as rainwater can be. Given time, it will claim even the most imposing of structures and return them to dirt. Some find this concept frightening - As nothing we create, regardless of effort or importance, can truly last forever. Still others find solace in this cycle.

Though difficult to tell in this photo, the floor of this room has collapsed into the basement.

This furniture is not burnt, but strangely rotten.

The wind continuously blows in through the broken windows, sweeping away debris on the floor.

There were a lot of light patterns to be found.

This old postcard image shows the grounds with the original cottage-style accommodations.