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France La Morgue Prélude - France, June 2018

obscureserenity

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History

The hospital was originally built in 1862 as the Asylum of Ville-Evrard to treat psychiatric patients from the surrounding areas. The first admittance to the facility was in January of 1868 and within the following year, that number increased to around 700 patients. The asylum was designed by architect Paul Eugène and followed a symmetrical plan with pavilion organisation, segregating the men and women, along with grouping patients in accordance with classifications of their diagnosed illnesses. Until around 1884 the nursing staff primarily consisted of nuns and other members of the clergy from the congregation of Saint-Joseph. A few years later it transitioned to becoming more secular institution and distanced itself from the church. By 1948 a centre for treatment and social rehabilitation (CTRS) was established. This was integrated to promote more sophisticated and modernised treatments, along with reducing the average stay of intakes. The implementation of the sectorisation law began in the 1970s which outlined a general standard of care every facility should adhere by and was introduced as an act of deinstitutionalisation. This resulted in the patient numbers being reduced from around 2,000 to 400 in a 40 year period. The morgue itself is situated on the outskirts of the large hospital site and the majority of the facilities are still in use with some currently under renovation.


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This is one of many I'd had on my list for a while but was never really in the right area to properly check it out. Fortunately, during a trip to France last summer with a non forum member, @Conrad and @DirtyJigsaw, we needed something to occupy our time with during the day before we went out at night to hit some other stuff. After a brief discussion, we decided to kill a bit of time and head over. Like most other explorers, I do love a good morgue but this one was particularly interesting as it was still in pretty much pristine condition, with no vandalism, litter or graffiti and almost no natural decay. Something often hard to come by, especially considering it's been a relatively popular spot in the community for a few years. As always, onto the photos.









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If you got this far, thanks for reading :)
 

AndyK!

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Love this place! Love these pics!
 

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That's well nice!
 

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You’ve done a smashing job! Love how this is still so clean. History was nice to read too :)

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Looks nice, really great pics!
 
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