The Abandoned Chedoke Hospital was the second place Zenning with Zay & I took Urbex Opie to explore! I had already explored one building on the grounds several years earlier but this particular building was inaccessible back then!
The Evel Pavillion was built in 1932 by architectural company Hutton & Souter at a cost of just under $250,000. Originally it could accommodate 155 patients but after extensive renovations, capacity increased.
Zay wanted to visit this place & having recently rescued Urbex Opie, we figured this would be a good & safe place to bring him to explore! Obviously there are dangers in any abandoned place so we had to keep a close watch. Being so young he wasn't really trying to get into things but more amazed with everything!
The hospital became a general hospital in 1960's & a decade later the government wanted to close it down. Local residents were apposed to the idea & pulled together some 80,000 signatures to keep it open. Over time the hospital became a non-acute care facility. It served younger outpatients in the areas of autism, mental health & developmental pediatrics. in 2016 all these services had relocated to the new $100 Million children's treatment facility.
Townhomes have already started being built on the surrounding land. Most of the other buildings on the grounds have already been demolished & the Evel Pavilion will meet the same fate.
The Abandoned Chedoke Hospital was a great explore but as always, its sad to see a piece of history destroyed.