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Feb. 16th, 2009 | 11:50 am
location: Norristown, PA
posted by: rubystarlyte in abandonedplaces

Here are some shots of building of Norristown State Hospital, built in 1879. The hospital was Pennsylvania's first state inpatient psychiatric facility and is now the only one in southeastern Pennsylvania. The hospital was built in the "cottage model" (see Asylum architecture) with a number of separate structures. The hospital advocated moral therapy and limited restraint. In the mid twentieth century, there were over 4000 patients. The hospital now serves 307 patients in General Psychiatry and 120 in Forensic Psychiatry.

It is one of many buildings on the property, but it is the only one that lies abandoned. The rest of the asylum is fully functional as far as I can tell... the majority of the "older" buildings have all been demolished. This is the only old building still standing.

Some old photos--> www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~asylums/norri stown_pa/index.html



(click on image for more! :-)

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sloanepeterson5

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from: sloanepeterson5
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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These are wonderful. It's a shame that it fell into such disrepair, I bet it was beautiful in its heyday :)

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jay!

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from: zjman
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That brings back some memories. I grew up about 15 minutes from there. Ever get a chance to check out Byberry before the demolition? That was one hell of a modern ruin!

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Stephanie

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from: rubystarlyte
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I definitely did check out Byberry! Unfortunately that was back when I had a horrible camera... sigh.

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Janelle

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from: avec_bonheur
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Creepy hospital is creepy. ): Congrats on having the courage to go inside!

The trees that are overrunning the side of the hospital: where are they growing from? Certainly not the ground, or are they?

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jesuisgringoire

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from: jesuisgringoire
date: Feb. 18th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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wow...agreed. on my list of "do not enter or psychic peril will ensue" places, abandoned mental hospitals are somewhere right around civil war battlegrounds and concentration camps. *shudder*

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Janelle

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from: avec_bonheur
date: Feb. 18th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Heh, I'm going to Auschwitz in April. :p But old mental hospitals scare the bejeebus out of me. Especially when you consider what their "methods" were. ):

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jesuisgringoire

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from: jesuisgringoire
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
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yeah, I used to be a psych major and we watched videos of some of the old stuff...scary for real.

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seemingly_alone

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from: seemingly_alone
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Your pictures are all beautiful. You should post some of them here under a cut and explain some of the pictures, some of them have me really curious!

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faeriecat

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from: faeriecat
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
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lovely work. such attention to detail.

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The Sheryl

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from: thesheryl
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful! Did you actually make it inside or did you just shoot through the windows?

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Feb. 16th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
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It looks a lot like a place around here. Same scenario, still amongst many still used buildings.

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kaylee brings it on.

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from: yoyoits_koko
date: Feb. 17th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
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I love your pictures.
It's quite ironic how such beautiful buildings were built for such a depressing, lonely use.

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realbruts

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from: realbruts
date: Feb. 17th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Great set of photos!!

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rainbowraf

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from: rainbowraf
date: Feb. 17th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
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I've been on the grounds of Norristown, me and a friend drove through. I haven't had the pleasure of visiting the buildings but that's on my list. The buildings there are beautiful, so many of my friends have gotten into here.

I don't live too far from Norristown, so I'm not sure what's keeping me from going.

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Doppelfisch

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from: doppelfisch
date: Feb. 20th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
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wonderful segment!

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Stephanie

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from: rubystarlyte
date: Feb. 20th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much everyone! Unfortunately, I couldn't get inside, but lucky for me all the windows were busted in so I stuck my camera in through the bars. If I had found a way in, believe me, I would not have hesitated!

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