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Your story has a very high cringe factor for me and I'm sorry you had to experience that.
I have to relate this quick story so you will understand why that building, big blue, always gave me the willies when I went to visit Charley.
The first time I visited I entered from the Northeast side. Something about the building just seemed creepy to me. When we left we went out the South entrance. As I was saying goodbye to him I looked up and realized where I was. My mother had cancer and in 1970 I visited her there at that very hospital after her surgery. I was 13. One year later she died there.
I told Charley about it but no one else in Scientology. I just didn't want to go through the drama and the auditing and whatever else they would have put me through to "fix it". God how I hate that building.. Okay, thanks for listening
I have edited the above post to clarify that this excerpt was about Jesse Prince. The point I was trying to make is that even the transition from a talented fun loving musician to something like what Jesse describes would be possible there.
I am sorry that you must associate the building with the loss of your mother. Perhaps I can put a more positive perspective on it. This was originally built as a specialized hospital for tuberculosis at a time when it was extremely difficult to treat. The quality of construction and architectural design was first rate for the period and many famous people went there. Dealing with the treatment of illness, birth and death is a messy and emotional business but many lives were started there, helped, and ceased in spite of a sincere desire to heal. The institution that replaced it is held in very high regard world wide.
It is an ungracious treatment of a respectful legacy that it should be colored like something out of a carnival and used to indoctrinate people into such an abusive belief system - kind of like a grand old art deco theater reduced to showing XXX matinees.