Highland Park Hospital/School

As our fellow blogger Sometimes Interesting has documented extensively in Gary, Indiana, urban decay is a slow process. Rarely do buildings just go dark overnight; more often a succession of tenants come through after the original. Grand edifices get repurposed towards ever more menial ends until finally the lights go off for good. Never was this dynamic more vividly on display than in Highland Park, an independent enclave which lies completely within Detroit. Upon first inspection, we thought it must be an abandoned hospital.


The exterior.

So we were surprised to see all the trappings of a school upon entering. It was a school, but it had been a hospital. Classrooms were walled off; all the hoses, fittings and plugs which typically line hospital rooms were simply drywalled over. Very often, however, the original purpose showed through all too clearly, as in this nurses’ station cum teacher’s resource center.



There was an entire wing of the building, which the school had bricked up access to, that remained hospital. Your intrepid explorers did find a way in, however. Pictures of that will come next.

6 responses

  1. Awesome! I have always wanted to into a big old abandoned building like that!

    November 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    • tabularasa88

      Thanks Rob, and what’s stopping you?

      November 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

  2. Alex

    Great find…

    November 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    • tabularasa88


      November 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  3. Thanks for the bump :)

    This building really intrigues me. I can entirely see the re-purposing of the building during it’s operational life; always interesting to see how far (or how little) the efforts went into the re-purpose. Sounds like there was little disguising going on here.

    I share your sentiments on what the students must have thought. I know I personally would not have been able to pay attention in class in that environment. Looking forward to more pictures of this place!

    December 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  4. Incredible place… One I would love to see with my own eyes! Thanks for taking us there

    December 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

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