« The final countdown | Main | Are you missing Sam? »

Neglected Children's Hospital 

One of my Grade 10 art students, Julia, did an evocative photo essay of the Addington Children’s Hospital as part of an English Project - all of the images in this post are the ones she shared with me.

The image above is the main entrance/facade of the building. 

The hospital is located on Durban’s beachfront. Built in 1931 through funds raised by then Durban mayor Mary Siedle, it was closed in 1984 and now stands derelict. Nothing has been done to restore the building since - homeless people have moved in and the building is deteriorating even more.

In 2009 a fire, probably started by the homeless people for warmth further destroyed part of the building - the You Tube clip of the fire is below: 


Quite sad that hospital records are left abandoned in the rooms (above)

I was amazed to discover in Julia's set of pics an image of a room with a Durban Girls' College plaque:


There have been announcements in the press claiming that funds have been put aside for the restoration of this building, and there seems to be a sign on the building something is imminent, but to date nothing has been done… 

Reader Comments (1)

it really is a beautiful building! such a pity it is left to deteriorate like that. lovely images!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne hroye

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>