The Abandoned Childrens Hospital in Weißensee Berlin or as its was officially known as: The Säuglings- und Kinderkrankenhaus Preußens (Childrens Hospital Prussia) was the first communal run childrens hospital in Prussia. The Childrens Hospital was designed by Carl James Bühring (who played a major role in the architectural development of Weißensee) and was officially inaugurated on the 8th July, 1911. The Hospital, thanks to its modern treatment methods and the “social hygienic” standards, was soon known well beyond Berlins borders.
The Children’s Hospital in Weißensee continued to be in operation until the late 1980s, when they added a new building with more beds in 1987. Ten years later, the Senate decided to close the Hospital. It has been put under “Denkmalschutz” (a protected monument) since then, but the building is in a serious state of decay. In 2005, the Russian consortium “MWZ Bio Resonanz GmbH” bought the entire Abandoned Hospital in Berlin (all 28000 sq m of it) and planned to remodel it into a cancer research center, but nothing has happened since then. The city is apparently currently looking into the legal possibilities of canceling the sales contract – but until/when that happens the building will have probably collapsed in itself. *The courts finally acted upon their threats and dispossessed the russian owner. In addition they gave him a fine of €120k and forced him to continue paying off the debts of 5 million euros. One could hope that this case could set a precedent – especially in the case of the Abandoned Ballhaus Grünau.
Sadly though, the abandoned childrens hospital has been a very frequent traget of vandalism, partially because its so easy to get in and because its easy to find. No less than 15 fires had been set in 2015 reducing the once renound hospital into a trashed ruin. This seems all to common – even less well known abandoned hospitals like the “Jungle Hospital” are not free from mindless vandalism.
While its difficult to tell that the main abandoned building used to be a Childrens hospital, the new wing is clearly still recognizable as such. The individual rooms still give off the uncomfortable hospital atmosphere, and the directions to the head nurses office are still visible on the wall. All the windows are smashed, even the thick dividing glass. Graffiti is smeared on the walls and fake blood is strewn across the floor.
For more photos of the Childrens Hospital check out the Flickr Album: Säuglings- und Kinderkrankenhaus Weißensee