Urban Exploration: Photographing an Abandoned Art Deco Sanatorium

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art-deco-sanatorium-abandoned-2 (All images by RomanyWG, reproduced with permission)

This sprawling Art Deco sanatorium in France proves that not all the isolation hospitals of yesteryear were bleak institutions – architecturally at least. But despite its striking design, giving it the look of a grand resort or hotel, the treatment of infectious diseases remained decidedly “Victorian” well into the 20th century.

This article follows feature film editor and urban explorer RomanyWG through the abandoned sanatorium, as he documents its elegant internal features, seemingly endless corridors, unsettling graffiti and – occasionally – reminders of patients past.

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All images in this article were reproduced with the permission of RomanyWG – check it out his latest book Beauty in Decay II.

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