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Ocean Vista Tuberculosis Hospital - Photographs by Matthew Christopher Murray's Abandoned America
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One of the minor mysteries about Ocean Vista Hospital was the fact that the corridors along the sides of the day rooms were clearly modified at some point. While the exterior walls of the rest of the building were made of stone and concrete, the outer walls here were made of wood. Another giveaway is that these wooden walls cut off the mosaics along the side in the middle of ornamental figures, which (if it were part of the original plans) would be sloppier architecture than you would expect from a place built with this amount of care. In this pavilion, however, the walls are collapsing and pulling away, revealing the original roof line prior to the addition. I am still not entirely certain what measure they took to ensure people could not fall (perhaps the additions were built because the original measures were inadequate?) but it is interesting to see a case where structural failure actually reveals the original state of a building.
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Photograph of the Ocean Vista Tuberculosis Hospital (a pseudonym) by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the book "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences," which you can order signed copies of here. It's also available (unsigned) through Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Powells/Indiebound/Booksamillion. You may also be interested in my new book, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.


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