Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Abandonment: Stony Brook Sanatorium - Keene, California

Stony Brook Sanatorium - Keene, California
The Infirmary at Stony Brook Retreat, more commonly called the Stony Brook Sanatorium and sometimes referred to as the Keene Hospital, was first opened in 1918. The place was a tuberculosis quarantine and treatment facility and operated until 1968.

Tuberculosis was a serious disease back when Stony Brook opened. Those inflicted had to go away to places like this and endure unpleasant treatments while fighting off loneliness and physical pain.
Sanatorium Structure - Keene, California
After the hospital closed, the buildings were purchased by the United Farm Workers union. It was used as their headquarters throughout the 1970's and 1980's. Cesar Chavez built a home next to the old hospital. Today, this is the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.

While the old hospital sits right up against the National Monument, it is in fact private property still owned by the union. Access is forbidden and signs are posted warning that this is private property. Some day I'd like to photograph inside the place, but it is not worth a trip to jail to do so.
Where The Sick Once Roamed - Keene, California
The nice, lush National Monument sits in stark contrast to the old, overgrown Stony Brook Sanatorium.   They are in many ways exact opposites, and yet they also have a lot in common. It is an interesting juxtaposition.

I used a Nokia Lumia 1020 to capture these photographs.

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