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Northwood Medical Center | Photo © 2015 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Northwood Medical Center

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Built: 1981 | Abandoned: 2005
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: David Bulit

Northwood Medical Center | Photo © 2015 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com
Built in the 1980s, the building remained operational for around 30 years.

The Northwood Medical Center once located at 2601 N Flagler Drive was built in 1981. The office building contained many different practices from general medicine and psychiatry to dental and eye care.

WSG West Palm Beach had owned the property since 2005 with plans to redevelop it into a 225-unit condominium. Construction never began and the property was foreclosed in 2013 wherein the holdings owners, Lehman Brothers, seized control of the property. The property was later sold to Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene who purchased it at a discount.

During the Northwood Medical Center’s vacancy, vagrants were known to have made their way inside.

Northwood Medical Center | Photo © 2015 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com
Thieves found their way inside, tearing out the copper from the walls.

68-year-old Josef Schneider, who was semi-retired and designed jewelry and built custom motorcycles. According to him, he was allowed to park his 24-foot motorcycle trailer and truck on the property in exchange doing security work and keeping vagrants out and notifying police. He had the keys to the building and would let contractors in when it was needed.

On October 27, 2016 Schneider called Greene to tell him that some people had broken in, pulling boards off a window and that he could see a plume of smoke coming out of it. Schneider was told to stay put and that someone would be sent over.

When police arrived, they found Schneider inside the building with a firearm on his waist. He was detained. Police asked Greene if Schneider worked for him and Greene replied “no”. While Schneider did help with watching the building, he was never an official employee and for that matter, wasn’t allowed on the property. He had even been warned by police on multiple occasions to stay off the property. For that, he was arrested for felony “armed trespassing”.

The Northwood Medical Center was demolished in 2018.


David Bulit is a photographer, author, and historian from Miami, Florida. He has published a number of books on abandoned and forgotten locales throughout the United States and continues to advocate for preserving these historic landmarks. His work has been featured throughout the world in news outlets such as the Miami New Times, the Florida Times-Union, the Orlando Sentinel, NPR, Yahoo News, MSN, the Daily Mail, UK Sun, and many others. You can find more of his work at davidbulit.com as well as amazon.com/author/davidbulit.

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