THE REAL CALHOUN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL


The exterior of Calhoun Memorial Hospital was the filming location that I searched for longer than any other, so having found it after all these years was a source of great excitement and happiness for me...okay, and just a little bit of pride. However, I can't take all the credit for the find. Though I did scan nearly every inch of the cities of Seattle, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Poulsbo and Everett on google maps and streetview, as well as driving around and around the city with a hawks eye, I didn't actually find it by driving by it or spotting it on a map. Let me stop here and just say that I'm not afraid to let all my geekiness hang out (clearly). I finally located this one with the help of the single greatest tool of our age, Craigslist! Several months back, I submitted my first ad in the Seattle "Lost and Found" section. My headline read "HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BUILDING?". In the ad I went on to describe the building and my mounting desperation to locate it...along with two photos from the show so that if somebody who lives here saw it, say, on their way to work or whatever, they'd be able to tell me where it was.

This went on for months, posting the ad pretty much every day with no luck and no replies. Suddenly, on January 14th I got an email reading: "The pictures are of an old hospital by the name of Riverton, I believe the name has changed and is now an rehabilitation center for post surgery patients. It is in South Seattle above Tukwila. It is on Military Rd. and 128th. Hope this helps." Holy shit! That helps! I immediately went to google maps and looked it up. Eureka! I seriously couldn't believe my eyes. My heart was pounding, I had to go see it! Luckily I live in Seattle now so I was able to hop in my car the next morning and race over there. Okay, so here's what I found... Highline Medical Center, formerly Riverton Hospital at the time of filming, looked and felt exactly as I pictured it in the show. In fact, it felt even more "peaksy" in person.

Anyway, I was half convinced over the years that the structure had been demolished. I mean, it doesn't look like the most timeless, solid building in the world. In person, it looks a lot more permanent and soundly built. I can't deny that I was majorly bummed that I didn't find the place before they painted over the groovy, pale blue panels, but the brown looked kind of better so I forgave the fates. So there it is. I want to give a great big THANKS to everyone who has endured my harassing phone calls and emails over the years trying to find this friggin' hospital. THANK YOU most of all to Brian, Mischa, Brad, Jared, Julie and the kind soul who answered my lost and found ad.
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8 comments:

Jerry Horne said...

Charles - You rock my world. Thank you!

C H A R L E S said...

YOU, Jerry Horne, are more than welcome! You rock MY world!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant idea to post your query on Craig's List. Nice Work!

Linsoflondon said...

Absolutely fantastic! Charles i love your enthusiasm! xx

Anonymous said...

Wonderful that this site has at long last been found! Good work!!!

Anonymous said...

Good work Charles!

Anonymous said...

Excellente-Your the man-Good job!!!!