Albert Aizman
May 22, 2012

Historic Hospital Transformed

A historic Los Angeles hospital that has been a popular location for filming movies and television shows will soon become affordable housing for low-income seniors as reported by housing finance.com

Two decades after shutting its doors, the old Linda Vista Community Hospital is about to get a $40 million transformation and a new purpose.  “The building has been sitting vacant in the middle of the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where there is an enormous need for affordable housing,” said Percival Vaz, CEO of AMCAL Multi-Housing, the affordable housing developer tackling the project.

Work is expected to start in about two weeks to convert the former nurses’ residence into 23 seniors apartments. A second phase calls for transforming the main hospital building into 74 apartments.Originally known as Santa Fe Railroad Hospital and Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital, the facility opened in 1905 for employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in a working-class part of town that was home to many railroad workers.

The building was razed and rebuilt around 1924 and later renamed Linda Vista Community Hospital. Although it has been closed since 1991, the mission revival-style complex has been a popular filming location.It has been used in numerous movies, including “Pearl Harbor,” “Outbreak,” and “Se7en.”  Television shows, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the pilot episode of “ER,” and, more recently, “True Blood” have also filmed on site.

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