Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Old San Jacinto Hospital on Decker Drive

San Jacinto Memorial Hospital stands on a hill on Decker Drive and looks like a place the Munsters would inhabit.
 Here is the sad demise of a once beautiful building and hospital.  The old and abandoned San Jacinto (Methodist) Memorial Hospital on Decker Drive in Baytown, Texas.  It was built in 1947 by W. S. Bellows and donated to the city of Baytown by Humble Oil, now Exxon-Mobil.  It was to honor those who served in World War Two, but I guess that is gone with the building.
The once proud building now houses vagrants.

At the front door is barren planter.  Well, not completely barren, as it has empty whiskey and beer containers, and refuse.  The grass is over-grown, windows are busted out and mosquitoes swarmed me when I tried to get close enough for photographs.
San Jacinto Memorial Hospital was built to honor WW II Veterans.

Some of the comments made concerning the photos I took are these:

- MAN THAT LOOKS LIKE A WAR ZONE...
- That place certainly has major creepy vibes! When we got the geocache there, I couldn't wait to leave! 
- So sad to see it in such bad shape.
- Is someone living in there? Why they keep knocking out more windows? Sad nothing was done with this building.. wud hv been great loft apts even with the GHOSTS that call it home. That hosp had the only morgue in this area. Even when it was a hospice....the strange noises and sitings in the basement are legend. My daughter worked down in the pharmacy during hospice times....LOTS of stories...and people who refused to go back.. but to just let it crumble...with the weather thru broken windows...is a shame...  
At the entrance are empty whiskey bottles, trash, beer cans, and debris.
- Shame on San Jac and City....
- City council would rather the city fall down around us.
- Well it is unsafe....not/boarded up...no/telling what or/whom is going on in there...but it wud hv to be one brave person to be in there after dark.. COULDN'T PAY me to walk around in there.. I am telling u some weird stuff happens....maybe that cud be the attraction and people come for miles to get scared the crap out of u..
- Bet they don't hang around long after dark....NURSES use to refuse parts of that bldg. When it was hospice, there was a cat....and right before someone passed away...the cat would go lay with them. Even the Drs were noticing and paying attn to the cat... I still think loft apts wouldd be great... dang bldg withstood many a hurricane.
Mosquitoes swarmed me when I approached the building to take photographs and I waded through knee deep grass.
   

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bert... but I tell u one thing....if there is a geo in there... put in basement morgue...guarantee to hear the results...I think only building to have a basement around here. BP

Anonymous said...

I worked at that hospital for 10 years and went thru Hurricane Alicia August 1983. Lost electricity - made sandwiches for the patients by flashlight - waded in basement materials department to get supplies out as it was filling up with water there - pulled patients into the hallways to get them out of the flying glass in the rooms - it was a real experience - for about 3 days. It is sad to see it in ruins - my son was born there 34 years ago yesterday! SU

I was born there many many moons ago and both my daughters. BP

I was a radiology technologist and learned my skills there - they had a hospital based radiology school and believe me - it was hard work - if there was work to do - then class work had to be fit in later. So different than the schools they have today. Then my favorite Radiologist Dr. Goodrich - great man - made impressions on me that lasted my whole career! SU

I worked in the same radiology dept in high school, worked half a day and school the other half......that darkroom was big and dark...... MFD

Anonymous said...

My Cousin has been in there. Thereare very many homeless people in there also And they told him The morgue was haunted ! They would show him The way but Not go down because it was too creepy.

Anonymous said...

Wheres The Morgue In The Abonded Hospital I Went There Two Times And Never Found It

Victoria Ward said...

any information on how to get permission to go inside and ghost hunt? does the city own it or does san jacinto methodist own it? i'm really interested in getting in there and investigating. I've heard too many stories to not want to go in there :)

Victoria Ward said...

any information on how to get in there? there are quite a few of us that would loooovvvveee to go in there and ghost hunt. too many stories to not investigate :)

. . . . . said...

Contact the city of Baytown, is all I can say, but I doubt if they will let you.

Anonymous said...

when was it shut down??

Vaughn Hagan said...

Noticed on my drive by there this morning it almost looked like someone was prepping the area for some type of construction.
Either that or someone decided to do some yard work.

Anonymous said...

Sad as it is, thanks so much for the pics. Just stumbled on my birth certificate today when I was cleaning out some drawers - I was born in that hospital in 1952. I'm in marginally better shape.
:0)
Vicki Tickel Vance, daughter of Mittie Boyett Tickel (who grew up in Goose Creek)

Shay said...

I volunteered for the Red Cross after Hurricane Rita and we stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks from Oct '05 - Nov '05. Such an amazing place.

Chad Castleberry said...

That is so sad to see these pictures of a once memory to many whom live here and lived in BAYTOWN all there lives. I was also born in this hospital in 1974,and have my birth certificate to show. I also sang for the hospice patients,and worked in this hospital later on in materials mgmt receiving dept for San jacinto methodist hospital. It is definitely sad to see this once in a lifetime historical place left to run down. I don't know who is to place blame for this, but I say shame on them!!!!

Chad Castleberry said...

Those are very sad pictures to see what is so much a memory to those whom have lived in BAYTOWN all there lives. I myself was born in this hospital back in 1974 and unfornately have my birth certificate to show for. I as a performer and entertainer have sang and entertained for the hospice patients many of times. I did this because I felt it was a healing,and caring thing to do for the patients and family members to enjoy while they coped with there last moments on this earth. I used to work as well in this hospital, later on went on to be a receiving clerk for materials mgmt. I can't really say who is at blame for letting such a remarkable historical place as this hospital is and was run so far into the ground. But whom ever that may be shame shame on them!!!!!

SanJacintoMemorial said...

I think I know where the morgue was, but can't be for sure. Could someone tell me? Another thing: isn't the first floor the basement, because the "M" main floor was the second floor then the 3,4,and 5th floors. The first floor is mostly underground in the oldest part of the building.

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Ken Floyd said...

Was born there Halloween night 1959. Was wondering if anyone knows of any famous people born in San Jacinto Memorial Hospital?

Anonymous said...

I live around the corner from the hospital and I have to look at it multiple times a day. It used to be a beautiful building that, from the backside, overlooked a nice field, bayou and a park. Now it's nothing more than an eyesore and, in my opinion, is too far gone for a rescue attempt. As one person mentioned earlier, it is an attraction to the homeless (in Baytown about 98% of them are crack/meth-heads). The druggies bring along with them more crime and filth that has already been taking over what used to be a nice town. This hospital is nothing more than a great memorial, representing all of the decent people who have been forced to move out of the used-to-be-nice neighborhoods so they could live somewhere that isn't overrun with crime and dope-fiends asking for money. The hospital should be demolished. Bottom line. Building a satellite police station there would be a great start to eliminating the cancer that is overtaking Baytown. Also, I noticed yesterday (9-23-13) that someone boarded up all of the Windows. Someone commented that the grass had been cut, possibly for construction. Sorry, no construction. There's a guy that cuts it about every week or so. I guess a manicured lawn is supposed to distract us from the filth and ruins towering over or neighborhoods.

Katie Pennington said...

I lived in Baytown my whole life and I heard that there was a face that would appear on the wall outside maybe on the back or side walls. Does anyone know if that is true or just a ghost tale?

JenniferWayne Aills said...

Can people go in to investigate or is there someone I have to contact about doing a investigation?

Anonymous said...

How can we find out who was the first Baby Boy & the First Baby Girl born at San Jacinto memorial Methodist Hospital 1101 Decker Drive,I was born there in Dec. of '49.

Anonymous said...

How can we find out who was the first Baby Boy & the First Baby Girl born at San Jacinto memorial Methodist Hospital 1101 Decker Drive,I was born there in Dec. of '49.

Maria Montanez said...

I really just want to see the indide but at the same time sooo dcarrd to se ghost 😢

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across this while driving around Baytown via Google maps
How sad and how terrible a thing it
is to see!
I grew up in Baytown, RELee class of '63. It is sad and heart wrenching to see what has become of what used to be a great
place to live. Few of us who lived there back then go back anymore.
I think you can see why.

Jennifer said...

I would really love to buy it and restore it! Its a beautiful building

Anonymous said...

spent time in the mental ward there when I was a teen (1986-1987) on the 3rd floor (I guess 4th if there was a basement). Still sadly creepy to see it abandoned and withering away like this. I'm sad about San Jacinto Mall being so run down and abaondoned, too.

Amanda Humphries said...

I went in there today, there's not much. There's no wall or anything. It looks like they're working on demo. The basement and morgue are completely flooded so good luck honeybee geocache down there

PFP said...

That is such ashame that a City has let that go! There could be a shelter for homeless with that many rooms, a haunted house, there has to be some altruistic ole rich dude that would love to do something with it. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. I wish I had the funds to do something great for the less fortunate....:-(

Anonymous said...

Drove past today. I really wanna go inside, just to feel the energy inside.

Unknown said...

Did you know a nurse by the name of Mary Griffin? She delivered babies and was in the nusery alot because she could calm a room full of screaming babies with just her presence.

Anonymous said...

I was born there in 1973. My Mother's mother was a nurse (not sure if she was a nurse there) however, she died two months after I was born. I'm pretty creeped out reading these things but not surprised. I think I remember hearing about a face in a window too many years ago but so may stories of hauntings in Baytown over the years, no telling whats true or whats made up. Creepy stuff though. Does anyone know what floor the babies were born on? Or maybe a list of staff? Just curious.

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