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Dec. 3rd, 2009 | 06:33 pm
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Letchworth Village



In 1909 the state of New York built
a facility for the aid and housing of the "feeble minded and epileptics"
Named after William Pryor Letchworth,
a key player in the creation of the facility and noted humanitarian of the time.

The grounds were set up in a college campus style.
Building were kept relatively small, and typically did not exceed two-stories tall.
They were all located within a relatively short walk of each other.
They all shared the hand-cut stone, arched-window, and stone column "Greek" aesthetic as well.

A large stream ran through the campus,
it served as a divider between male and female patients.
Letchworth Village also housed it's own power plant, farmland, waste disposal, and water supply.
Making it the first all-inclusive facility of it's kind.

Of the research performed there, one of the most note-worthy was the
development of the polio vaccines used in the Congo by Dr. Hilary Koprowski.
It was revealed that he had been the first physician to preform a polio vaccine on humans.
Those humans were twenty "mentally deficient" patients of Letchworth Village...



In the 1960's and into the 1970's Letchworth
Village began to badly suffer from overcrowding.
The then local reporter Geraldo Rivera created a documentary about the sad condition
in which many United States psychiatric hospitals found themselves.
Touching on issues such as over-crowding, neglect, and abuse...
It was titled: "The Last Great Disgrace"
Segments of the documentary were even filmed at Letchworth Village.
It was later turned into a nationally-aired documentary by ABC.

As expected, the public outcry from this was sizable.
This, coupled with the nations shift toward mental care on a smaller scale
(Such as group-homes, which is what ended a lot of these facilities lives)
resulted in the slow re-distribution of the patients of Letchworth Village.

In 1997 the last of the residents was relocated,
and the power was forever cut to the campus.










































































































































































Video filmed by Christina,
edited by me...



Sorry about the image quality on some of the pics, I did not have my tripod with me.
Also, my apologies to anyone who thinks I used LJ-cut too late,
I tried to make the pre-cut entry as short as possible
and still include the history and one pic...

~Rusty

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April

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from: _dilate_
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
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lovely

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
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My thanks

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Music dreamer.

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from: korppi_ravn
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
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That is quite astonishing! Very nice shots.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
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Thank you

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▼▼▼  Xydexx ▼▼▼

I've been there!

from: xydexx
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Great pictures! I like the one with the teddy bear.

I was there a few winters ago and got pictures (mostly outdoors). Was there a fire in that one building or are they being demolished now?

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Re: I've been there!

from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
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Sadly that was the result of arson...

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Praesentia...

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from: praesentia
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Your photos are lovely. I find it so upsetting, however, that buildings like this are left to rot...it seems like such a waste.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
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They are quite beautiful. The stonework is what makes them so appealing...

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onyx_noir

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from: onyx_noir
date: Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm really beginning to look forward to your posts. Gorgeous pictures, as always sir.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
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And I look forward to your icons...

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the obvious child

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from: ghosttt
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
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great set, as usual.
i always love how you give a little history!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
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Thank you.
History (or first-hand accounts where history is not available)
is very important to the over-all impact of the entry... to me anyway.

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A Rhapsody In Black And Blue

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from: razorart
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
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Thank you for posting these and again, thank you for writing up the history. I've been meaning to explore here, especially seeing as for the past 12 years I've worked with the people who were liberated from there, the survivors of Willowbrook.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
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Willowbrook is such a sad story.
Have you seen The Last Great Disgrace?
If not I recommend it, especially because of your personal link...

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Wendy Moira Angela Darling

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from: haruka_yamamura
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
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Simply amazing...and funny how the drapes are in such good condition...seemingly...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
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"Good" is a relative term...

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Doppelfisch

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from: doppelfisch
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
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...aaaaaaaaand the curtains are still standing!

But seriously, wonderful photos, excellent job, man.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
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Haha, my thanks

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racing_girl

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from: racing_girl
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
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Wow. That is amazing. the found note was just...wow. very cool. and yes the history is fantastic.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
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Yea, happy you liked the printed note.
It was so strange to find it there... I'm glad I noticed it.

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Marcia

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from: matopa
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
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Wow, these are really amazing. Thank you for sharing! I really love abandoned buildings, but there's always a sadness to it. Maybe that's what I like. :)

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
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They tend to be sad places...
Especially when you take the time to realize how they were when operational.

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Phocal Point

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from: 2cuxi
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
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Oh...that bear... :(

Very captivating, and sad.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
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I know... poor bear.
Made me sad to leave it there, but I don't like taking things.

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vivos voco, mortuos plango

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from: skkkkkutler
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
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haunting! the sheer volume of peeling paint in the interior of the place makes it look like some kind of rotting creature.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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In essence, I suppose it is.
I likened it to the skin of a burn-victim myself...

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Tara

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from: craving_vintage
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
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These are great. I remember that Geraldo documentary. Thanks for posting.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Glad you know the documentary, it's very haunting.

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Semper fudge!

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from: babylon_goo
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
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I just love the paint box one

I'll have to show my Dad, I swear he has the same box!

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moonsson

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from: moonsson
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
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These are truely amazing. I am going to add you to my freinds list on myspace, if you dont mind. I am known as ed there.

amazing work.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
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We are now cyber friends...

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insilesia

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from: insilesia
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
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Fabulous! The typewriter is my favorite.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Found that in a storage closet.
It's featured in the video as well.

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from: viledisgrace
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
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so amazingly gorgeous.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
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:)

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nightchild01

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from: nightchild01
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
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As usual, amazing! I love your posts =)

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm happy you're happy. Haha

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3.14

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from: laaviebohemei
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
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how did you access to enter the place? Was it just unlocked? Did you have to get permition to film or photograph the place? Were there other businesses/buildings that are functioning around? or is this place sort of stranded by itself? I'm just wondering, if I ever have a chance i'd love to stop by and film, but I dont' want to be slapped with a trespass fine. What did you shoot the video with? :)

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Ok, I did not have legal access to this place.
It can be entered in many different ways...

There are no businesses around it, aside from a golf course.

Video is shot (for now) on a Samsung point-and-shoot digital camera.
We will be up-grading to full 1080p HD by New Years... Hopefully.

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laurelin_g

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from: laurelin_g
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
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CWEEEEPEEE!

Love your work!!! And love that Teddya-bear!

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Haha... thank you :)

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See you later, instigator

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from: oudeteron
date: Dec. 4th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
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That is so atmospheric, it's actually spooky. Great work!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 5th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
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The main building is easily accessed from the back.
Some of it has been badly damaged by fire, so entire walls are missing...

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themushroomtree

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from: themushroomtree
date: Dec. 7th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
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Once again you take my breath away.

LOVE those retro curtains - yoink!

Abandoned morgue trays (or whatever they're called) always give me chills.

Any idea what those weird bathtub-basin type things are for?

I think my favorite is the briefcase full of used up paint tubes.



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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 7th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
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Glad you like 'em.

The tubs were hydrotherapy units which were put into storage.

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varookamcsalt

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from: varookamcsalt
date: Dec. 7th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Very nice photos. I would also like to say I enjoyed the order of them. The way we get closer and closer to that smoke stack....THE WE ARE INSIDE IT. Nice narrative.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 8th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
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Haha... you have no idea how filthy I got to take that photo inside the stack.
I was covered in ash...

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