Christmas tree lights up window in abandoned New Orleans Charity Hospital

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Charity Hospital has sat forgotten for a decade but on Sunday, several Tulane Medical Center employees noticed what appeared to be a Christmas tree shining through a window of the abandoned building.

“I wish the pictures did it justice. I don’t know how it’s lit. I don’t know how it’s even in there, but it made me smile just a little bit tonight!” Lisa Walley Staggs wrote on her Facebook page where she posted two photos of mysterious light.


Staggs works at Tulane Medica Center, according to her Facebook page.

Charity Hospital was never reopened after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

“Charity hospital has been closed, it’s windows darkened, since hurricane Katrina, and is a gloomy and dreary sight on the best of days…at night it’s down-right scary. Until tonight. See, I park on the roof of my parking garage, and tonight as I was leaving work, I glanced over at the forgotten building, only to see the lights of a tiny Christmas tree!” Staggs wrote.


Another employee, Mike Arbon, took some pictures of the tree as well.

He wrote, “I work across the street from the old Charity Hospital and when I went up to the roof of the garage, in the middle of the dark building is this small bright Christmas tree that was put in the window. It’s really pretty and little creepy. It gave me chills when I saw it and of course made me think of my brother, who passed away at Charity Hospital. But a very nice sight to see in the window of a dark building.”

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