Would you live in a cemetery?
After eating out and seeing a movie last weekend (there's a story there for another time!), my husband and I began driving around the outskirts of downtown Houston looking at various places. Recognizing that we were near the old Jefferson Davis Hospital, I asked him to drive by it again. When our oldest son was 2-years-old in 2007, we accidentally came upon the old hospital and looked around the inside of it. It was abandoned, but there was security guard on the property. Although we were not previously aware, people had been flocking to this hospital for a very long time due to claims that it was haunted. I don't want to entertain any of those stories here, but the place IS interesting. Really, any old building with a historical marker on the outside of it is interesting to me. It drives my husband crazy, but he always stops so I can read them.
From 1936 to 2007, this place was abandoned! It just sat there getting dustier and dustier and and dustier and dustier and dustier and dustier, until artists moved into this building renamed "Elder Street Lofts". People LIVE there now. They live in a place that used to be a cemetery and a hospital. Perhaps this is common in other parts of the country and world? I have been out of the country, with the exception of Mexico, once and that was to Paris where the Catacombs are located. Underground are thousands of bones of the deceased while the vibrant life of Paris goes on above. Maybe building on top of cemeteries can't be avoided at some point?
|Queen Victoria in 1841.|
|Waldo mansion, 1885|
|Jefferson Davis Hospital, circa 1920s.|
Do you think buildings should be placed knowingly on top of graves? Do you know of other places with similar stories? Would you live in this place?