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Glenn Dale Hospital... Again

I took another trip to Glenn Dale Hospital, this time visiting the Employee Building and Adult Hospital. My companion and I didn't get very far in our exploration of the Adult Hospital because we ran out of time. If you missed my last post about the hospital, here's a brief history of the place. Glenn Dale Hospital opened in the 1930's in response to the tuberculosis outbreak. Once the outbreak died down, it became a hospital to treat the terminally ill (correct me if I'm wrong, please) and later closed in the early 80's. This is a popular spot for teenagers to break into a drink and spray inane graffiti everywhere. Here are 30 of the 250 pictures I took of these two buildings alone.. Enjoy :)




The Employee's Building
The Employee's Building

An exterior shot of the backside of the Employee's Building, built in 1938. The building consists of three floors and a basement. An outside door on the first floor was conveniently left open, so getting inside was no problem. Unfortunately my companion and I only made it to the second floor before being chased out by a very angry hissing animal.
Pillows, Blankets and Shoes
Pillows, Blankets and Shoes

The abandoned Employee's Building contained many old blankets and pillows, as well as a few shoes scattered about its rooms. They must've been left by squatters or teenagers staying the night as a rite of passage.
Stairway
Stairway

Although old and decayed, the metal staircases have survived years of rust and dust.
A Hole in the Wall
A Hole in the Wall

Going up the stairway in the Employee's Building, a hole was punched through the wall. The bars of light that dramatically light the wall and staircase eminate from two holes in the ceiling.
Trapdoor
Trapdoor

A trapdoor to the roof was left open and bright sunlight streams through. The rusty ladder didn't seem sturdy enough to climb, but getting to the roof would have been fun.
The Adult Hospital
The Adult Hospital

The massive Adult Hospital is the largest of the 23 buildings on the property. Built in 1936, the building consists of 7 floors, a basement and a roof level spanning 178,500 square feet.
The Adult Hospital 2
The Adult Hospital 2

Another exterior shot of the Adult Hospital. A door directly in the middle of the ground floor of the hospital was open, but was not the only way in. There were multiple entrances open on the first floor, probably the result of late night infiltrations by local teenagers.
Graffiti
Graffiti

Grafitti covers the walls of the majority of empty wall space in the Adult Hospital. This message from a fellow explorer congratulated us on finding our way out... little did they know, our exploration was just beginning.
Ground floor
Ground floor

Like the rest of the building, the ground floor of the Adult Hospital is massive. Most of the rooms on this floor seemed to be used for the kitchen staff. Dumbwaiters, counters, kitchens are just a few of the things found on the ground floor. In this room, four or five power cords hang from the ceiling.
Ground floor 2
Ground floor 2

The same room as the one above, you can see how the light sneaks through the boarded up windows, but leaves the corners of the room in complete darkness.
Ground Floor 3
Ground Floor 3

The first floor of the Adult Hospital was equally as dark as the ground level. One long hallway makes up the length of the hospital, while two other, shorter hallways extend off of it, creating a U shaped building. This floor was full of empty rooms, bathrooms and a foyer. Rooms off the hallway to the left of the front desk are in dire shape. Ceiling tiles litter the floor, cupboards and other furnishings are smashed, even the floors are pulling apart, creating a faultline-looking fissure in the floor.
Lock and Key
Lock and Key

We only had time to explore a small part of the ground floor & first floor, the entire second floor and some of the roof. Some of the rooms on the second floor had beautiful balconies with decorative ironwork banisters. This particular door (which led to one of the balconies) had fallen off its hinges, but someone took the time to prop it up against the wall, again inviting visitors to step outside and breathe the fresh air that was believed to help lessen the pain of tuberculosis.
Doorjam
Doorjam

An old, rusty doorjam affixed to a door like the one in the previous picture. Many of the heavy doors that connected each room to the main inner hallway were in tact, but the doors that lined the open-air hallways toward the outside of the building found a home on the concrete floor.
A Hanging
A Hanging

This was, oddly enough, not a rare sight in the Adult Hospital. A previous visitor to the abandoned hospital must have had fun hanging old shirts and sheets from the lights. I'm not sure what purpose this holds, but it was a little creepy.
Open Air
Open Air

The open-air hallways lined most of the front hallways of the hospital. Long corridors of windows are almost obscured by years of vine growth.
Room Entrance
Room Entrance

The door to this room has fallen off the hinges and vines take the place of windows.
258
258

Much like the Children's Hospital, the Adult Hopital was full of lockers. Lockers in groups of four lined the wall of a majority of the rooms. This particular locker was in decent shape compared to others in the building, retaining some of the original paint.
Door
Door

Another door. I was fascinated on this trip not by the windows (although I have quite a few pictures of the windows), but of the doors and window screens scattered on the floor.
Bathroom or Utility Closet
Bathroom or Utility Closet

This room was on the second floor of the building and upon entering it, I felt compelled to take a picture. The white paint seemed perfectly peeling off the wall, creating a very surreal look to the room. Compared to the other rooms of the hospital, this one made me think of purity and cleanliness in spite of the dust all over the floor.
Projection
Projection

The projection room can also be found on the second floor. An overturned projecter lays rusted and ruined on the floor while something resembling a film canister lays open on a nearby table. Only one of the projection holes in the wall was open, but there were three or four others, all attached to a pulley system for easy opening. I spent almost 20 minutes in this tiny room pondering over what movies or plays the patients here watched.
Theatre
Theatre

The theatre of the Adult Hospital. We didn't actually get to go in here (that's for another time), so this picture was taken from the projection room. The Children's Hospital supposedly has two smaller theatres, but I must have missed them when I went a few weeks ago.
Projection Holes
Projection Holes

Here is a picture of the wall that separates the projection room from the theatre. You can see three bluish metal sliders that cover the holes to the theater. I attempted to uncover the other two holes, but they were shut and will probably stay that way until this place is torn down.
Mysterious Device
Mysterious Device

I'm not certain what this device is. A similar thing was found in the Children's Hospital in a few of the rooms. It looks to be some sort of toilet, but I'm not sure.
Inside Looking Out
Inside Looking Out

A view from inside of one of the many rooms, looking outside to the terrace.
Raggety Anne & Andy
Raggety Anne & Andy

I was really surprised to see this wallpaper in the Adult Hospital. It seems more fitting for the Children's Hospital on the other side of the property. I was really happy to find this... some remnant of wallpaper on walls that were usually just curls of peeling paint.
2nd Floor Hallway
2nd Floor Hallway

Another hallway picture. You can see two large window screens laying in the middle of the hallway just past the doors. These screens were everywhere on this floor.
Cupboards and Drawers
Cupboards and Drawers

One of the many rooms full of cupboards and drawers. In all of the drawers we found on the second floor, the only paperwork or artifacts were mounds of shredded newspaper. Either they cleaned this place up really well when it was closed up, or people have pretty much stolen anything they can get their hands on.
Metal
Metal

Pieces of rusted metal curl to the floor. I'm not a structural engineer, so I could be way off base on this theory.. but I suppose the shear size of the building forced the builders to put it up in three differect sections, connecting the sections with interlocking metal spokes and long metal strips (which are seen in the picture falling from their place in the ceiling). The building was literally falling away at the seams. Like I mentioned in an earlier caption, the floors separating made a faultline through the floor, from wall to wall. While it was a little daunting to look through the seam and see the ground floor, it certainly didn't scare me away.
Down
Down

A look down from the top floor in the main stairwell.
The roof
The roof

A view of half of the hospital from the roof. Being on the roof, you are in plain sight of the police trailer directly in front of the hospital and the road which passes by. I suppose no one was looking up, or people didn't really care, because I spent a good 45 minutes on the roof, just enjoying the view of the treetops.

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