1936 photograph of Lakeview Sanatorium and nurses’ dormitory in Madison, WI.
That hill is steeper than it looks, and the road is now closer to the tree line in the front of the photo. I believe that the nurse’s dorm is gone, and the side of the hill is covered in pines, with massive willows at the bottom.
I have fond memories of that area. The woods are beautiful, and there’s a very old cemetery along a path behind the larger of the buildings. Part of the old sanatorium is used as offices, but I believe the other part is not used at all. I wish I were able to explore it. The hill is great for sledding, and every year, there are hundreds of people that gather on the last weekend of June for the Rhythm & Booms fireworks show. The main staging place is at Warner Park just down the street, but the people in the neighborhood tend to gather on the hill.
The old sanatoriums I’ve seen always seem to transform into places of life, rather than a place where people go to die.