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Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital – Polish Psychiatric

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital – Polish Psychiatric

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital is a decaying historical landmark. History has impacted this village. Furthermore, over 1,100 patients were murdered from here in 1939.

Certainly, the second World War was fraught with unspeakable acts. Ominous and dark halls are now what remains, a reminder of the past.

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital

28 mass graves were dug for the bodies. Later, gassing at the Fort VII; (Konzentrationslager Posen) death camp run by Nazi Germany became the fate of the remaining patients from Owińska Mental Hospital. 78 children were among this group. Aktion was the name for the second stage, which was removing the remaining patients to the camp.

Hospital staff is said to have not known what was happening. Afterwards the mental hospital was turned into barracks for SS soldiers.

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital

The building itself dates back further, having been built in 1839.

In 1944, part of the buildings were destroyed as an effect of the War. The hospital never reopened.

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital

Doors with an ornate design can be seen above. It is unclear how old the doors are.

Also, photos courtesy of Zuzanna Kazmierczak from a previous article.

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital

Columns in a room with large windows. Textures floors and high ceilings.

Some more recent ish reports of this place in say that the basements were completely flooded in pools. Others state some sort of renovations from owner. It does seem that in more recent years extra windows have been boarded up, as a result.

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital

The walls are sloughing away. Peeling back bit by bit. Possibly from layers of paint or due to exposure from weather. Many windows have just been boarded up through time. Also, the hospital has been utterly abandoned for over 20 years.

In the late 2000s eary 2010s these buildings were purchased.

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital

Finally, where is this hospital located? You can find it with these coordinates in Poznań County. 52.511760, 16.980542

Abandoned Owińska Mental Hospital

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United States

Cook County Hospital Abandoned in Chicago

Cook County Hospital Abandoned

Located along the 1800 block of West Harrison Street in Chicago, Illinois you can find this dilapidated Cook County Hospital abandoned.

Certainly, outside detail like cherubs and faces on the facade are really a work art. The columns on the face of this old building add to its stately feel.

It was stylized in the Beaux Arts by architect Paul Gerhardt St. with Griffiths, John, & Sons. The grandiose look is probably what has kept the building from being demolished.

Opened in 1857, it flourished. By, 1916 the expanding hospital had some of the best doctors in Illinois. Above all, it is recognized as one of the first blood banks in the world.

Cook County Hospital Abandoned

Furthermore, after the closure in 2002 a new hospital was opened.

The hospital has been empty for over 14 years. Talks are under way to remodel this building into apartments, shops, hotel, offices and more.

This would be done in phases possibly taking upwards of 15 years. The estimated funds to rehabilitate the building and area is in the price range of $500 million+. Hence, the delay.

As a result, most of the local community disagree with making the site into housing in the Illinois Medical District. Some think maybe a museum. Possibly because this would be to not take away from the many advances Cook County Hospital had made. The National Register of Historic places documented the hospital in 2008.

Princess Diana of Wales visited patients here in 1996

Fun facts : This was the hospital used in the 1990’s Harrison Ford movie, The Fugitive. The fictional hospital on the drama show ER is allegedly based loosely off of this medical facility. Finally, I call it Murder, the 1979 documentary from BBC reporting on the difficulties faced by the staff.

Lastly, you can find the Cook County Hospital abandoned facility with these coordinates. 41.873863, -87.672989

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