The buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, I was glad to say that on a random internet search for trips in the area I was staying that this one showed up. The Sanatorium sits in Waterford, Connecticut on the coast.

From some black and white pictures on the internet it looks like it was a very nice little place once, set as a hospital overlooking the sea. Closer to the beach it had the offer of plenty of fresh air, swings and slides that are now rusted over would have been an enticing place on a sunny day.

It was designed by Cass Gilbert and opened in the 1930’s. In 1958 it was used for three years treating the elderly and then became a home for the mentally challenged, but it met a tragic start to the end in the 1970’s when reports came to light that staff were abusing patients and then in  the mid 90’s was shown to have a higher than expected mortality rate.

1996 saw the building closed down, it has passed through various hands and there are talks of removing buildings so the land can be used for condo’s. I visited November 2012, and we were advised by a friendly local resident that even though the building is locked up it is possible to walk around. We were advised to keep a little way off due to security, and so armed with a nervous friend and camera off I went to snap.

Firstly, the area was fairly quiet apart from two idiot hoodies who were determined to break something. I don’t illegally break into places so I took my photo’s from a little way off and and made sure they were external. I came away with a clear conscience though and that was a good thing!

Outside we found signs of an old walkway, an old chess table to play outside on sunny days and also a bridge that had collapsed that would have lead to another larger building area. We also passed an old metal roundabout and the playground that was behind the perimeter fence. The previous (and likely continuing) vandalism is evident on the building which is saddening to see, and nature is slowly claiming her prize around it.

If you go I would suggest you take a short trip to a nearby park, an old restored mansion named Ophelia is also worth a look around. We couldn’t go in as we were off season but you can explore the grounds, enjoy the sights and look into the windows to see a very pretty project that was worth the drive alone.

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