San Haven Sanatorium lived a similar life to many other institutions of its kind across the nation — it began as a hospital for tuberculosis patients and over the course of four decades morphed into a home for the developmentally disabled. Accounts from former patients tell the story clearly… San Haven was not a pleasant place to be. This hospital like the others was an anachronism, allowed to stay open far too long with too little oversight and no clear plan to put the space to good use.
San Haven was closed and allowed to rot in the elements and has endured decades of vandalism. Tragically, a local youth, fooling around with friends in the vacant hospital, fell to his death in an elevator shaft some years ago. The site today is closed to visitors.
We visited San Haven in fall of 2012 and captured these photos, plus many more which you can see here.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC