This sanatorium was visited in 2009 and was in that time already really stripped. But it was in my early exploring days and every explore was a great opportunity . The pictures are not my best either some are taken during the night.
In 1937 the sanatorium was built by the architect Maxime Brunfaut and funded by the insurance company La Prévoyance Sociale. This building was located in Tombeek and had an Art Deco design. The sanatorium had a unique architecture and had been featured in many architectural publications. The hospital is reached trough a foreboding tree-lined lane that stretches on for about one mile. This majestic entry enhances the site in its natural environment and gives visitors a taste of what is to come.
Originally the sanatorium was designed to accommodate 150 tuberculosis patients, the sanatorium offered a sumptuous environment within its remarkable halls. Light, space, and air were all considered key components to assist in healing the ill. Its isolated location brought nature to the patients to speed the healing process along with all of the luxurious facilities Lemaire Sanatorium had to offer. The building was transformed into an insane asylum in the early 80s and eventually was abandoned 50 years after its construction in 1987.
Throughout the years the building got vandalized and every loose part got stolen. Every hope was lost for the building, only a carcass shell of the building remained.
In 2006 started the preliminaries Battle Monument, an interactive Canvas program, in which the winning building will receive 1 million. Sanatorium Lemaire made certain chance, but because the owner didn’t wanted to give permission for the project which was a requirement the building could not be selected for the program.
In 2011 finally good news arrived for the building. Minister Geert Bourgeois put aside 1,6 Million Euro for the restoration of the complex. The money is only 1/10 of the complete costs. The complex will be transformed into a care center for the elderly.