Edgar Cayce Hospital
The Edgar Cayce Hospital, now known as the Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Health Center & Spa, was built in 1928. The hospital was built by the renowned psychic Edgar Cayce, known as the "father of holistic medicine". It was in operation until 1931, when it lost funding due to the Great Depression. In between the years of 1931 and 1956, the structure was used for various purposes such as a hotel, and club. In 1956 the building was purchased by the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Still in the same ownership today, it is used as a center for holistic treatment and a spa.
Backstory and Context
Edgar Cayce is a world renowned physic and huge proponent of healing through holistic means. He is also known as 'the sleeping prophet', a name gained from how he would enter into sleep-like trances and answer questions and give prophecies. Things he correctly proposed include the stock market crash of 1929, and WWII ("Who Was Edgar Cayce?").
It was originally done in a beach-hotel style, but has undergone many renovations that have changed the architectural style ("Virginia Beach Historic Register Site Summary"). In 2013 the hospital was renovated for the first time in 85 years. Work was done to repair and upgrade it, as well as to remodel the building to look more like it did originally. Renovations included: new siding, a wrap-around porch as well as several internal additions such as an elevator, updating of old rooms, and the addition of new rooms (Cayce).
Today, the hospital is used as a spa and wellness-center. Everything from counselling, to massages is offered, in addition to several other holistic services. Inside labyrinth and a cafe which is open to visitors. There is a library, open to the public, on the second floor where the full list of Cayce's readings can be found ("A.R.E. Headquarters Campus In Virginia Beach").
Carey, Liz. "Health Center & Spa Returning To Cayce's Vision With $5M Renovation." Lynnhaven Beacon(Virginia Beach), November 14, 2013.
"Virginia Beach Historic Register Site Summary", 2003. (Camp Pendleton Virginia Beach Historic Register Site Summary, Created by the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society)
Who Was Edgar Cayce?. Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Accessed February 21, 2018. https://www.edgarcayce.org/edgar-cayce/his-life/.