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Feb. 21st, 2008 | 05:40 pm
posted by: xkilla_kx in abandonedplaces

Riverview Mental Hospital
Vancouver, BC
(the largest mental institution in North America)

There are several buildings throughout the 1,000 acres of the hospital, some still house several hundred patients
The Westlawn building was built in 1913 & was closed in 1983. [pictured here in 1913]






how creepy is that...


main entrance


"West Lawn Building, this building is no longer in use for patient programs"


boarded up windows


once inside.


we shouldve been wearing these. the musty smell & asbestos presence was incredible


cages & shit


this was at the very top floor. the floor was severely decayed. we had to test it first before walking on it. i was so scared that i was going to fall through the floor. this giant room with tiny lil rooms. all the doors were labelled with room numbers such as "3D" shit like that. the rooms were smaller than a closet. you could not lay down. the thought of people being locked up in there blows my mind.


more of them


& that is how big each of them were


we were walking through this in the PITCH BLACK & stupid me was wearing flip flops


i seriously shrieked when the flash went off & i saw what this hallway looked like.


seeing this made me realize it really wasnt a good idea to be in there without masks


stairs, something scurried across my feet & i almost died


hazardous material suits hmmm


im not quite sure what this is...but now that i know that theres tunnels that connect between buildings


incognito

**EDIT**
I've included a map of the hospital grounds.
Several of these buildings are now abandoned.
I circled the building I entered in green.

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wtf zur topic

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from: onelittlesleep
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
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Awesome. These are fantastic. The photo you took of the front of the building is frightening.

I actually think these kinds of records of abandoned buildings not only show the decline and misuse of civic property, but also really allows the viewer to witness, in a behind-the-scenes way, the spatial reality of institutionalization and incarceration. It's fantastic. I mean, you guys spent a creepy night darting around in an abandoned asylum, and we get to see just what the hell asylum spaces are like, unadulterated.

It's cool!

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golly_cristina

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from: golly_cristina
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
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that cage is scary!

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jamaica.

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from: aquariumdrink_r
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
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wow, that is one creepy building. i'd have been terrified walking through some of those parts! the building was even creepy when it was in use, haha!

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saints and sinners

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from: eat_your_lies
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
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very creepy...the second and third pictures are eerily beautiful though

those rooms are appalling! There is no way that can be considered humane...

I hope the asbestos didn't get to you =/

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from: originalidad
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
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you went there at night? scary! do you know anything about the history of this place? they really kept patients in cages and locked them in closets?

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minou sussies

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from: xkilla_kx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
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I don't know too much about the history.
I have no idea if they locked people in those tiny rooms but there were SO many of them that it just didn't make sense that they'd have that many closets especially when they were all numbered.

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from: grab_that_dough
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
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Cages!

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Garden-Variety Fool

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from: reallove
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
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Wow! The 2nd hallway shot looks a bit like an elevator shaft! Took me a moment to get my bearings looking at it!

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Miss Tia's Journal

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from: misstiajournal
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
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the picture of the main entrance is the creepiest! awesome pix....

i hope the buildings still being used has bigger rooms! that's just CRIMINAL putting people in rooms like that...can you imagine being mentally ill and then shut into a closet? like that would HELP??? horrible....simply horrible...

if you go back, please wear shoes, a MASK, and disposable clothes!

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minou sussies

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from: xkilla_kx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
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yes this whole building is abandoned and it is HUGE.
The hospital has tons of buildings and they closed a lot of them down & are still continuing to do so. I know some of the buildings are used a lot for filming.

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Cortexiphan Kid

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from: all_shine_on
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
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The whole building is abandoned, but Riverview itself is still in use. The grounds are enourmous and many of the buildings still function as out patient and in patient programs. There is much talk of reopening much of Riverview right now, in fact.

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dee fenestrate

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from: dostoevsky_girl
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
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wow, some very cool photos.

am i the only one who finds it weird that the "cage" looks almost decorated? those circular bits on it? maybe it was like- part of an elevator or something?

and those just-bigger-than-a-coffin isolation rooms are seriously freaky... yikes!

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Kimberly

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from: kimi_chan
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
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It looks to me like an elevator shaft, it has a ladder in it and you can see it running down beside the stairs in a couple of shots.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
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Excellent shots! I'd agree that if the smell of mold and asbestos was strong, you probably should have at least had on a mask of some sort. The haz-mat suits on the floor in that one area are disposeable. It's possible that the site might have met the Provincial safety standards and they weren't necessary further.

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100% Bad Head

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from: joybeans
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
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Wow. This is amazing! I gotta say though, being crazy in 1913 sucked ass. :/

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frey

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from: frey_at_last
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
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Is this the building they use for filming? Or a different one? It's hard to tell without a wider outside shot...

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minou sussies

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from: xkilla_kx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
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They definitely film in other buildings, & maybe they used to film at the West Lawn building but I don't think they have in years because by the looks of it nobody had been in there in a long time.

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Vision

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from: vision206
date: Feb. 23rd, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
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Westlawn is condemned due to all the asbestos.
Crease is where the filming occurs. (my userpic is from the tunnels)

Mad props for visiting this place, I have fond memories of exploring there with the AUMC.

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Kimberly

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from: kimi_chan
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
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Fantastic photos! What na incredible place. That pile of hazard suits is very ominious.
That cage is an elevator shaft though, nothing more. It even has a ladder in it.

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minou sussies

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from: xkilla_kx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
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good to know it's not a creepy cage where they keep people haha

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doomsandwichx

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from: doomsandwichx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
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Not to sound like a batshit crazy pagan here but there are some crazy-bad spirits in that building. Not neccesarially evil, just not...good.
1. Contact a leader of whatever religion it is you follow.
2. get your ass blessed/excercized.
That being said, those pictures are freaking awesome.

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minou sussies

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from: xkilla_kx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
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haha I think I'm okay, those pictures are approx 2 years old and nothing has happened to me so far *knock on wood*

BUT I definitely did feel a presence in there if that makes any sense or maybe it was just me being extremely freaked out and my imagination running wild.

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doomsandwichx

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from: doomsandwichx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
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Yeah, you captured a few...interesting spirits.
Don't ask me details cause I'm not clairvoyant so I can't "see" them but holy crap did I ever sense something in that one of the little cell on the top floor.

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Emily Rose

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from: worn_words
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
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that is so freaky, but kudos for exploring (at night?) and not running away screaming like a small child.

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the Sooz

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from: furikku
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
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Absolutely beautiful site! And those pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing! :D

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Kris

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from: body_electronic
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
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I cant believe you entered that building in flip flops and without a respirator/mask. hah

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from: eightwednesday
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
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You've also got to consider that Riverview was, for many years, one of the primary sites that shows including the X-Files and the Outer Limits were shot at therefore many of the abandoned buildings have been modified for use in those shows.

I have a tradition with my dad, every Boxing Day we skulk around Riverview. We've done it for several years now, we've only been asked to leave once.

It has a much better reputation than Woodlands, which is only about a 15 minute drive from Riverview.

I'm not sure this is the biggest psychiatric institution in North America, though. Having visited some of the institutions in Massachusetts I'm just not sure. Though it could have the largest physical land claim as much of the land on the other side of Lougheed Highway technically is owned by Riverview vis-a-vis the BCBC as technically Colony Farm is also part of the claim. It could also have the most square-footage of an institution still in active use--though many of the buildings on the campus are used for other purposes. For example, the highly regarded urban search and rescue in Vancouver meets and trains out of one of the buildings there.

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*Mrs Angela*

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from: glass_doll
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
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omg
so totally creepy

i love the main entrance photo. Its so intimidating!

and that hallway woulda made me pee myself in fear.
especially after seenig those cages!

Im totally jealous of your adventure and wish I was your friend <3

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ehekzpeekaboo

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from: ehekzpeekaboo
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
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wow this is fascinating..

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Mr. Bingle

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from: kahoki
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
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Many municipal institutions started off with large campuses in *nice* locations, as taking care of the mentally ill was considered a civic duty. Rising costs and the identification of hazardous materials like lead based paint and asbestos insulation resulted in many of these places being abandoned like this, as the cost of remediation superceeds the benifit of revitalizing them. Many of the old institutions in MA have been demolished or gutted to make way for condos.

From your photos, the cage is for an original elevator that used to run in the middle, the red box is an security/fire alarm box. Very cool composition on many of your images. Was there security about? It sems that setting off the flash in a pitch black building would alert them to your presence.

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lia

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from: scribbles_hb
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
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man - i lived in vancity for 3 years. Where the hell is that?!

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from: eightwednesday
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
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It's on Lougheed Highway headed east past Burnaby and into Coquitlam, just past the Port Mann Brige.

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lia

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from: scribbles_hb
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
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eeek!

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from: eightwednesday
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I know, venturing that deeply into the suburbs is kinda scary :D

Though it even has service twice an hour from the Braid SkyTrain station with one of the Community Shuttle buses.

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Carnal Stork Lord

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from: glenorglenda13
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
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That's SO on my list of things to see whenever I make it back to BC.

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from: pinknoisebabie
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
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i feel like i am in silent hill or something!
really awsome!

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spiked_n_bloody

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from: spiked_n_bloody
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
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New hospitals creep me out in daylight. I imagine that place in the dark would be truly terrifying. I'd be oonstantly fighting the flight response.

Absolutely awesome post.

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slayer_bulia

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from: slayer_bulia
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
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Creepy.

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Ground control

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from: deviant_man
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
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You have some problem with focus :) Or it's low resolution...

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minou sussies

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from: xkilla_kx
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Low res yes...& its hard to focus in the dark!!

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jojo_ranting

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from: jojo_ranting
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
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The best Abandonedplaces post of the new year for sure. Flip flops?

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товарищ командир спутник

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from: archaicrebel
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I've been to the Couve twice now and I was even IN Burnaby the last time I was there and I STILL haven't gotten out to this place... but I so need to.

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Is a frog's ass water tight?!

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from: hesu
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Wow! These are incredible. I'm going to link this on my journal.

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Alex

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from: blue5583
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing, these really are incredible evidence of a barbaric system.

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Mint Figmint

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from: mintghost
date: Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
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very interesting! pretty building

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wilderness of Sin

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from: esoterictrinity
date: Feb. 23rd, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
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that is officially the coolest set of pictures I've seen here at this community. THANK YOU!

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I'm not your Private, and this isn't the Army!!

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from: rachel_nicole
date: Feb. 24th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
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God, I WISH I could have been there! How interesting!!!

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from: imrygels_ho
date: Feb. 25th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
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those are amazing! thank you so much for posting them!

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Sadie

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from: sicksadie
date: Feb. 29th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
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Incredible.
It's easy to imagine those faceless nurses from Silent Hill staggering around those rooms.

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