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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Old Butler Hospital ~

 The old Butler hospital at the end of the Main Street viaduct.

29 comments:

Cynthia Closkey said...

I've always considered that a terrific building. At least from the outside -- never saw the inside. It's neat to see this photo, without the trees and such that now surround it.

Anonymous said...

I was born in this building on August 27, 1929.

squajo said...

Looks like the house from Pyscho!

Anonymous said...

Good thing Butler County wasn’t on the “Save our Hospital” campaign back in the 1920’s.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what its used for now, if it is occupied? I've wanted to be able to go inside ever since my mom told me what it originally was.

Anonymous said...

Its a very crappy apartment complex now...and has been for years

Anonymous said...

My grandparents, Joe & Mary Isabella, once owned this building. Unfortunately, it has deteriorated much since then.
Mary (Heath) Gordon

Ginger said...

Have any photos of the interior ever surfaced? I always wondered what it looked like when it was the Butler Hospital.

Anonymous said...

My dad (God rest his soul) always told me that he was taken to this hospital when he was 4 or 5 after a sledding accident in which he received a concussion. Dad was born in 1917.

Anonymous said...

The old hospital was up on the market for $250,000 dollars couple of years ago. My aunt lived there in the bottom corner apartment. Let me tell you....it is creepy in there.

Anonymous said...

$250 K, wow! Thats not much for a building of that size and the ground no matter what condition its in.

Anonymous said...

The building has acquired new ownership and is scheduled for
several major upgrades this summer.
Improvements such as new driveways,
landscaping, paint, a comeplete redo of the rear building and possible major modification of the front porches should transform this Butler landmark to a measure of its former glory.

Anonymous said...

I've been told by several people that the women who had apartments there back in the 70's had many male visitors (saying it nicely)!

Jack said...

Is this building haunted?

Anonymous said...

at least its a part of old butler still around to see

Mike said...

i worked at 4 star pizza(anyone remember that?lol) and i know we had at least 1 driver get mugged while making a delivery to that place.. last time i saw it, the place was such an eyesore..

Anonymous said...

my brother(the bright soul he is) busted in there in the late 90's, 99' 98', because rumor has it there is old hospital stuff in the attic (tables, lamps, chairs, instruments, etc) and he wanted to see them with his friends, he said that where the mourge was in the basement is where they put in the washer and dryers, like in the same metal housing and everything, they just took out the body trays. Who knows if any of this true, but ive always wanted to go in there. And i always remeber driving past it and seeing the little brigde thing on the back that lead to the other building, which is gone now. And by the way, does anyone know that if the graveyard behind it was for the hospital?

Anonymous said...

my mother ocassionally tells me stories of when she lived their in the mid/late 70's she always made the comment on how creepy it was and how she hated going in the basment (the old morgue) to do laundry. she says that place is defintly haunted

Lisa_S. said...

2009 now and it's still pretty awful looking. A friend used to live in there. The other building was the Nurses' Dormitory. It was emptied after someone set a couch on fire and threw it out the window. The big morgue door is cool with the iron workings on it. The top floor was abandoned for roof leaks. There was a decaying animal there when I went up. As for the apartment configuration - next time you're in your doctor's office, imagine your bedroom being the size of an exam room.

It's such an architectually interesting place, it's such a same what they've done to it.

Nicholas said...

I'm remodeling this building right now. It is very creepy in there. There are apartments in the main building but the second building( the nurse dorms) is completely gutted from the fire.

Anonymous said...

Why did you tear off the front porch. It now looks like hell.

Anonymous said...

My maternal grandmother worked there as the chief cook when it was a hospital. That was quite a "low" job for the daughter of a of a K&K Monarchy (Austro-Hungarian Empire)Adel(noble) family. But, her sister married an American and she wanted adventure too and was willing to do what was necessary.

The discrimination they encountered in Butler was shameful. My black friends are astounded when I tell them that the KKK used to burn crosses on the hill above Chesapeake St. in Lyndora. They were against Catholics, Jews and Eastern Europeans. No one, except "family" knew that my grandparent's home in Lyndora was a virtual museum of art and objects from Europe,the Middle-east, and the Orient.This beautiful home was our refuge. It was filled with music,literature,languages and traditions that brought us comfort,and reminded us of our great cultural heritage.It helped soothe the pain we endured as it was not easy,as a child, to wear the "hunky" label. For better or worse, on the outside all appeared "normal", but inside those walls it was the "Americans" and "us".

Anonymous said...

The old hospital could be used as a set in a Stephen King movie. It just looks spooky. Maybe "Ghost Hunters" could do a show there. Never had to go to this hospital (thank God) but did go to the new one. Amazing they haven't made a parking lot out of it.

Anonymous said...

How do u get to c the inside

Anonymous said...

A man named Frank Sheptak who lived in Bredinville (under the now Lyndora Viaduct) worked as a janitor in the building. One day he was working in the morgue and saw one of the bodies move that was supposed to be dead under the white sheets move. Scared the daylights out of him. Went and got a nurse or doctor and the person was indeed alive.

Anonymous said...

I would love to conduct a paranormal investigation of this building with my group. Does anyone know who I can contact? Thanks! carolaurey@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

It is occupied. Turned into apartments.

Anonymous said...

My mother has told me stories about the old hospital. Also about the picture of a guy who if you passed him it looked like his eyes would move and watch you when you walked at night. I hoped that I never had to cross that picture, but then I heard that it was torn down. It would be really neat to be able to go in and explore the hospital.

Anonymous said...

We lived near the bottom of Morton Avenue for about a year in the early 70s and i remember visiting a friend whose family lived in the apartments there in the old hospital.

To this day, I don't think any place has creeped me out more. I just remember it being dark and cramped and I couldn't wait to leave.


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