Logan County Memorial Hospital

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City/Town: Guthrie
Location Class: Hospital
Year Built: 1925, 1946
Year Abandoned: 1978
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler MooreMichael SchwarzJames Kirkendall
It always a fascinating image to see an abandoned hospital. Molding surgery rooms, rotting medical equipment, empty hallways. However, for many years the Logan County Memorial Hospital in Guthrie sat barricaded on the edge of town leaving many questioning what still remained. I can’t count the amount of times I saw someone post pictures of the outside and it quickly became a mission to myself along with the Abandoned Atlas team to see the inside.

It was in 1925 when The Methodist Episcopal Conference began construction on the brand new hospital in Guthrie Oklahoma, however due to the depression plans to complete the facility were halted. It wasn’t until 1932 when a nonprofit organization in Guthrie purchased the unfinished medical structure and named it Cimarron Valley Wesley Hospital.

Construction of Logan County Memorial Hospital

In 1946, the Order of the Sisters of Benedict purchased the hospital and completed construction soon afterward. St. Anthony Hospital, owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., bought the facility with help from the community in 1964, renaming it Alvero Heights Hospital. The name was changed to Logan County Memorial Hospital in 1974.

The hospital was deeded to the county in 1977 and a replacement facility opened west of Guthrie in October, 1978.

In 1982, R&T Properties, a partnership of local businessmen Ray H. Riddle and Hal A. Treadwell, purchased the former Logan County Memorial Hospital and its four acres for an undisclosed price from the Logan County Hospital Trust Authority. The five-story, 55,000-square-foot building, located at 19th and W Warner in Guthrie, was supposed to be remodeled into 50 to 70 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments but the project never got off the ground.

Starting all the way back to 2009, we tried reaching out to neighbors and city officials to find the owners to let us in, no luck. Security was obviously a priority though because I was constantly hearing about arrests being made of people trying to break in, thank goodness! It wasn’t until December 2016 when James Kirkendall, an Abandoned Arkansas team member, finally was able to track down the persons in charge. They told Kirkendall that Belmont Management recently purchased the decaying building and had plans of repurposing it into senior housing.

This was great news, it’s also good to hear when our states historic places can be saved. Right before construction began, in March of 2017, Kirkendall was able to able to get us an exclusive tour of the inside.

The interior was gorgeous; square glass walls, the doors from the 1940’s, the metal light fixtures, the original ceiling.  It was all still there. During the tour, we met the former owners head of security that told us of their high end set up. There were pressure triggers on the front lawn and the back that would instantly notify police, hidden cameras on all sides of the building. He told us a few time he heard conversations of people who planned to break a window; they were arrested shortly after. As we continued, we found an old birthing table in the middle of the hallway, signage and on the second floor the nurses station’s buzzer system still had electricity and was in working condition. (Photos below).

Now, in 2020, the hospital has been fully redeveloped and reopened as the The Villas of Benedictine Pointe Apartments. “And we’ve tried to keep it as historically correct as possible,” said Property Manager Jim Martin. They offer studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. A happy ending for the vacant hospital.

– Michael Schwarz, AbandonedOK

Read more about the renovation: https://hamiltonpropertiescorporation.com/blog/villas-of-benedictine-pointe

 




Sources:

Oklahoma Historical Society

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Danny.W
Danny.W
9 years ago

I hate when they shut down old buildings and say they are to old to be runed. Then they just sit there and rote and fall apart when they were fine to begen with. I know a hospital called Dorthia Dix Hospital in NC. They shut it down because it was to old and it is older than this hospital and it looks in great shape. Have no idea why they closed it down. They are thinking about demolishing the hospital and turning it into a park. This hosptal is 151 years old and shut down a few months ago.… Read more »

Bob
Bob
9 years ago

would love to turn it into a shooting club and gun store!

Henry Kissenger
Henry Kissenger
Reply to  Bob
4 years ago

And then someone can shoot you in the face!

Bob
Bob
9 years ago

hell, I was born there, june 30th, 1963

John Niles
John Niles
9 years ago

The hospital was named Benedictine Heights Hospital during the period the Benedictine sisters owned and operated it.

ckc
ckc
9 years ago

Growing up in the Oklahoma City area, I have been to Guthrie many times. About two years ago, after buying a new camera, I suggested to my boyfriend that we should go over to Guthrie to try out my new camera. There are so many old buildings there, I thought it would be a great place to take pictures. I had always heard about the old abandoned hopsital, and after finding it, we got out of the car and started walking around the building. This was on a Sunday around 2 p.m. I took a couple of rolls of film… Read more »

Michael Schwarz
Reply to  ckc
9 years ago

Can you please upload it? I would really like to see it…

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  ckc
5 years ago

Hi OKC! I live about a mile from the hospital. I am interested in your pic. My email is leslieruth711@hotmail.com thanks!!!!

raiven mcvay
raiven mcvay
9 years ago

i have spent the night in there and it truly i haunted! it was totally worth the night in jail for trespassing! i have a few videos in my storage!

Joe
Joe
10 years ago

I went there back in 2008 during the day and just sat there in my car outside, drove around back and got out and walked around. Nobody bothered me. I got really interested in reading about KAREN SILKWOOD, the Richard Rashke book, 'The Killing of Karen Silkwood' about the events surrounding Kerr McGee and her death/murder. This was the hospital she was brought to by ambulance after she died in the car crash just south of the HWY 33 and HWY 74 intersection. Her '73 Honda Civic going into the concrete culvert on the left side of the road on… Read more »

Kym
Kym
Reply to  Joe
9 years ago

Oh yes, I remember reading about Karen Silkwood..she was coming to OKC, at the time a Holiday Inn, on NW 39 near Portland..she never made it. The lady knew to much information…I wish I had known that when I was there! Thanks for sharing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood On the night of the car crash, she was driving alone to Oklahoma City to meet David Burnham, a reporter for The New York Times, to tell her story. Meryl Streep played Silkwood in the movie.

chett
chett
10 years ago

sooo i am going to check this place out…. do i need to watch for cops?

mcvay
mcvay
Reply to  chett
9 years ago

yes u do its now under video servalence

Kyle G
Kyle G
10 years ago

yeah,ive been inside this place around this time last year as a matter of fact, we got into the crematorium,then went inside the hospital only for a few minutes we took video and saw and heard things, then got out, when we got home we saw something touch someone, but they didnt feel it, its very spooky and haunted, dont really suggest going inside the hospital…
theshadowlands.net, go to oklahoma then youll see a full description on logan county hospital and it is down to a T…thank you for reading

Webmaster
Webmaster
Reply to  Kyle G
6 years ago

Your site is horrible.

Chris Lair
Chris Lair
10 years ago

Me and a couple of friends went in a couple of years ago. We have some video of us going through it. If I can find the video I will upload it.

Kym
Kym
11 years ago

OKCPRG does not own the hospital, check the public records.
Your hospital photos, are beautiful, thank you for sharing .
Thurs.Oct 12, local channel KWTV9, aired a segment, Haunted Guthrie, I may be mistaken on this one, The Old Sheriffs building, Logan County Memorial Hospital, and he infamous Stone Lion Inn.
Also, there is an article about the above online. It may be in the archives, but the video was on the internet this morning,

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  Kym
5 years ago

The hospital was recently purchased by an investment group for $700,000

Cheryl Oakley
Cheryl Oakley
11 years ago

OMG!!! I was born at this hospital inh 1970 when it was called Alvero Heights…
Kinda spooky!!!!!

Ninja
Ninja
11 years ago

http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locat

Some more pictures of Logan County Hospital.

amyn
11 years ago

I wonder if they would be willing to sell the property I have seen the building and would love to own it.

raiven mcvay
raiven mcvay
Reply to  amyn
9 years ago

they wont sell its a landmark and its haunted. i have proof. and the jail time to prove it!

Will
Will
11 years ago

Im glad to see this on here! I have been by that place hundreds of times! The guys that live next door are apart of OKC-PRG and think they own the place. They came and yelled at use one time and we didnt even step foot on the property. I would love to take a tour of the place!

scaredy
scaredy
Reply to  Will
9 years ago

They dont own the place and its not haunted

Judy
Judy
Reply to  Will
8 years ago

You can view the OKC-PRG live webcams inside the hospital 24/7. The web address is http://www.researchwebcam.net

Fiend
Fiend
11 years ago

I demand to see pictures of the inside. Dont make me come down there and get photos, because I'll find a way in.

Kristi
Kristi
Reply to  Fiend
11 years ago

Can I come? haha

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  Kristi
5 years ago

You can find pics on the internet. From what I can tell there's not much in there. It's about a mile from my house, the last time I went there I was promptly "kicked out"

Mike Land
Mike Land
Reply to  Fiend
8 years ago

If you go in there now, you can be arrested. There are webcams set up by city officials to keep track of visitors. These are available to the public and they are encouraged to call in any sights of people.

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  Fiend
5 years ago

Ps-there's are pics on the site….right above this comment…

Brooke
Brooke
Reply to  Fiend
5 years ago

You are no longer allowed inside. This building is now used for Guthrie Police training on occasion.

Lynly
Lynly
11 years ago

Some friends and I took photos of this place too. I was so hoping your team had been lucky enough to enter but alas, it will remain a mystery. Keep up the good work. Love the site and seeing all the places you've been. And yes I agree the front side is creepier!

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  Lynly
5 years ago

You can find pics on the internet. From what I can tell there's not much there.

brendon
brendon
Reply to  Lynly
3 years ago

shit me and my buddies going to break in to it here soon and we will show y'all pics

Tyler Thomas
Tyler Thomas
11 years ago

All of the pictures from this place is from the back side. The creepier stuff is on the front and inside.

Tyler
Tyler
11 years ago

I have heard alot about this place. very cool! I love your site! I hope you keep adding great abandoned places in oklahoma!

AbandonedOK Team
AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Tyler
11 years ago

Yes, this AbandonedOK place has made the rumor rounds. So much so that a local paranormal team set up 24/7 live webcams so that the place can be constantly monitored for paranormal activity. If you'd like, you can check their webcams out at http://www.researchwebcam.net/

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