Beelitz Heilstätten (II): The Whitney Houston House near Berlin

Following my first trip to the abandoned sanatoriums at Beelitz-Heilstätten near Berlin, Germany, I traveled there again.

During the first trip I only saw a quarter of the huge area. This time I went to see and photograph inside the so calledWhitney Houston House .

If you haven’t read my first post about this lost place: Beelitz-Heilstätten is an abandoned complex of sanatoriums and support buildings near Berlin. After World War II it was used by the Russian Red Army as a hospital and was finally abandoned in 1994. Since then, the place decays.

The Whitney Houston House got it's name from an art installation a few years ago when someone sprayed Whitney Houston on a wall inside.

This place was totally different from my first experience at Beelitz. While the buildings then were totally decayed inside, this one is still in a kinda good shape. It’s basically brick walls from the first building vs. spalling color here.

Inside one of the first rooms, I was welcomed by this note that (hopefully) another urban explorer left and that does not date back to the time when the hospital was still operational.

 The End? Nope! I just started.

The End? Nope! I just started.

Inside the Whitney Houston House at Beelitz

The entrance hall still gives a little impression of how the place must have looked like during its heyday.

 Entrance Hallway

Entrance Hallway

 Same Entrance hallway was above. Photographed from the other side

Same Entrance hallway was above. Photographed from the other side

And just like the other abandoned buildings in Beelitz you’ll encounter huge hallways in the three floor buildings.

 Long abandoned hallways at Beelitz

Long abandoned hallways at Beelitz

And occasionally you’ll still find some signs from the past here.

 Close the door please

Close the door please

And I guess this is how painting looks like just before completely comes off the walls.

 Painting coming off the wall

Painting coming off the wall

Taking photos inside a lost place with iPhone

Light situation was similar difficulty for iPhone photography like in the other buildings at Beelitz. Low light still created noisy pics. I still photographed using PureShot (iTunes App Store Link) and experimented with low ISO settings with partial success.

As I switched to a different camera app and to Adobe Lightroom in 2017, I re-edited some of the photos I shot in Beelitz using Adobe Lightroom using mainly clarity, denoise and sharpness adjustments.