Eric (spoonx0r) wrote in abandonedplaces,

Southwest Michigan Tuberculosis Sanatorium



Last summer I explored what I thought was an abandoned insane asylum in Kalamazoo, MI. All I had at the time was an early camera phone and a flashlight for taking pictures. The few pics I actually took looked cool but didn't give much detail. So a year later, armed with a fairly decent digital camera and a little research on the building itself, I returned to what I had since learned was the abandoned Southwest Michigan Tuberculosis Sanatorium. While I was somewhat disappointed to learn that it wasn't exactly an "insane asylum", it did house sick mental patients from the nearby Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital and later many senile or disturbed geriatric patients. This explained why many of the rooms had windows in the doors or locked from the outside. And as far as urban exploring goes, it was definitely a treat with all kinds of artifacts and machinery left behind.

We went in at night so I had to use the flash on the camera which means that I wasn't able to really take pictures in any rooms that didn't have boarded up windows (many of the patient rooms and nurses area / day room area) do to the risk of detection from nearby residents or police. This is unfortunate because there is some pretty cool stuff in these areas. I'm going to try to get some daytime shots at some point but I'm not sure when since it's a little riskier going in during the daytime. Anyway, on to the pics!



Kitchen / Dining Areas

















Staff Shower / Locker Areas













Hallways





This room obviously had a fire buring inside it but the items in the room itself are unburned although everything is covered in soot.





Accessway / Storage Room









Basement




That's a lot of phone wire.


I can't say for sure what is covering those pipes, but I have a pretty good guess...







The Morgue




Hey, why not...

More basement...


Weird slot in the door...




This room was labeled "Grease Storage" and it smelled like all kinds of solvents and petroleum products.


I was thirsty, but no luck...


"Hooker Quality"





Transformer Room


These transformers are massive...


Someone had knocked over since my last visit...

Boiler Room


These boilers are enormous...






Long way down...














"Sustacal" is a recurring theme throughout the building...

The Patient Rooms - All three floors of patient rooms are pretty similar with some being more "locked down" than others.








It was probably just rust but it was blood red...


Why are there always piles of shoes in abandoned buildings?




A feast of Sustacal...


Inside the nurses station...


Probably best not to get those mixed up...

Roof Area


A view of the city from the roof, although this shot really doesn't do the real thing justice...


Elevator motors...Oddly enough it appeared that both elevators were actually stopped at the top floor...

Outside - My camera had a real struggle in the very low light conditions, but these two shot are the outside of the building. You can't tell but it's actually quite tall.



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