Building of this place started in May 1948 and got finalised the following year. At the beginning the main building comprised of two floors and attic, cellar was added in year 1956. There were also cattle shed, barn and piggery/henhouse on the plot. The newest building on the plot is residential building for staff from year 1974.
In the early years, this place was aimed to be self-sufficient in terms of farming. Every resident, who was able to work the farm or take care of the animals, took part in sustaining the place. The farming ended in year 1972 and the place changed to be more like modern-day nursing home. In 1977, there was a renovation in the old main building.
In 1993, the nursing home moved to another location near the center of Salla and this place was left abandoned. Although the place is nowadays privately owned, there hasn’t been any activity in the main building since the closure. In the staff’s residential building there has been some temporary accommodation for berry pickers.
I visited the place with my friend Joonas in late August 2015. The atmosphere was calm, and at least in the daylight this place seemed to lack the eerie feeling that often surrounds abandoned nursing homes and hospitals.