In the weekend I went on a tour of the old Fever Hospital in Mount Victoria, Wellington.
It's a beautiful old building, packed full of history (and it's still got the call buttons!)
Construction first began in 1918, to be completed in 1919. The first patients were brought in in 1920.
It was used for a range of things over the years, but during the hospital period was a place to treat illnesses like TB, scarlet fever and the like.
The original building was shaped like a V and during the 70s an addition was made in the middle. The nurses' home is a separate building, connected by a covered corridor which had a partitioning wall down the middle. When the nurses began their shift they would walk down one side, separated from those who were finishing their shift and making their way back to the home.
There are quite a few ghost stories associated with the hospital. One of such is Sister Slipper, who apparently used to walk around the wards with slippers on and hot water bottles over top of them. During the 1990s the building was used as a music school and there were reports of a shuffling sound at night--similar to the sound of someone walking around in slippers.
The SPCA hosted the tours as the old Fever Hospital will become their new premises. It was hard not to get excited about the plans as they were telling us about them on the tour!
Anyway, enough rambling. Have some pictures!