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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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suck ittttttttttttttttttt

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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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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

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from: misstia
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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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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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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