Clinique Le Valdor
THE ABANDONED HOSPITAL IN BELGIUM
‘Clinique Le Valdor’ is an old hospital in Liege. It was built in 1969. It was part of the Valdor hospital and had 248 beds.
During the 17th century, many poor patients were refused in the Liège hospitals. Pierre-Paul de Valdor cared for these people and established a brotherhood that was inspired by Charles Borromeus. The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo was founded, and a guesthouse was established. The initial guesthouse did not appear to be adequate after a while. A new hospital was built in 1898. That hospital became the old Valdor I visited in 2005.
In 1969 this new building of 248 beds was built in the gardens of the old asylum. It became a nursing home until the old Valdor was abandoned in 1990. It was the main hospital until the old Valdor was reopened. The activities moved back in 2013 to the original site, the renovated buildings.
Clinique Le Valdor was reconverted not long after it was abandoned. The whole building was dismantled except the concrete structure. The building of 1969 has turned into a nursing home with 97 beds. This new building was named ‘Maison de repos Les Tournesols’ and designed by Dirix Alain Architecture. The new home also includes a tunnel that is directly connected to Valdor Hospital and allow nursing home residents easy access to care. I visited the clinic in 2014.