locations from its pages out onto the internet in order to share them with those who either
don't have access to the book, or were simply unaware of its existence entirely.
(For the later - The book is titled "Forsaken" and is available here: Forsaken)
The following text is from the book, however the images and video are totally new,
from a trip we made after the book was in print (I wish I had these pics for the book, but ah well...)
To quote Leonardo da Vinci - "Art is never finished, only abandoned".
When this asylum first opened its doors to the public on April 20, 1874, it was hailed as an institution at the cutting edge
of medical science and the first of its kind in the US, specializing in the application of homeopathic treatment techniques.
Today, homeopathic treatments are of little more than historical interest and the theory behind them has been shown to be conclusively false.
The facility was established on a 250 acre parcel of farmland, which included nearly 50 acres of undisturbed forest.
On opening in 1874, against the original plans, it was decided that the facility would treat women as well as men.
Sixty-nine patients were treated at the hospital during its first year of operation. In 1902, the asylum had a population
of over 1,200, and by 1909 several other structures had been built and the patient population expanded to 2,250.
By the 50th Anniversary of the asylum's opening in 1924, a total of 12,957 patients had passed through its doors.
At 1am in the morning on October 8, 1921, a fire started in the attic of the main building. A night watchman was alerted
by the sound of an automatic sprinkler, and arrived upstairs to find the roof already ablaze. The fire proceeded quickly,
and nearly the entire building was lost to the flames. Fortunately, the building was evacuated successfully, and no one was harmed.
The origin of the fire was never discovered - no visitors had been on that floor the previous day, and the attic was not home to
electrical wiring that might have served as an ignition. A new, fireproof structure was erected on the site of the original, and occupied in 1927.
The facility continued to expand through the years, sprawling across its allotted acreage. It is still operating today,
but solely out of the newer structures that are scattered across the campus. The once grandiose executive building was partially demolished,
with its remaining wing for a time being used to house violent patients. Eventually, this too ceased to be of use, and was left vacant.
Today, it is condemned, and simply stands, rotting, amongst the younger and more monotonous structures it helped to spawn,
a throw-back to a forgotten age of medicine that has been entirely replaced by sterile facades of glass and steel.
Click on the panoramic image to view it enlarged...
- Historical Images -
Interestingly, between the time of my photos and our later return trip for Christina's video,
a large portion of the 3rd floor collapsed onto/into the second floor's hallway. You can see the corridor
before the collapse in the 6th photograph above. The post-collapse is pretty obvious if you watch the video.
I'm just happy we didn't experience it first-hand... OK, I kinda wish we did, but at a safe enough distance.
As always, thanks for looking... and to those who read the entry, an extra thanks. Haha