Abandoned Sanatoriums and Asylums
Have you ever wanted to see something different, something not usually seen on the average vacation? Then taking tours of abandoned sanatoriums and asylums may be something you are interested in. Do not however trespass, many of theses building are condemned and very dangerous. Speak with the proper people and organizations before exploring theses buildings.
I can only imagine what it must have felt to be admitted, to think you know what awaits you, only to find that you didn't know the half of it. The desperation, the hopelessness people must have experienced is mind-boggling. The air feels almost heavy with negative emotions, as if the walls remember and are trying to purge themselves. Because of this, many horror movies are based in these locations, it has become cliché. If all of that only served to peek your interest and you want to see these places there are a few choices, some even give guided tours.
Abandoned locations can be very unsettling, but when the abandoned place is a sanatorium or asylum, very quickly fear can set in. A few of these places have a benign history, many though, can not make this claim. Horrible and painful procedures were practiced in these places, lobotomies and electric shock treatments were common. Humans were often used as test subjects for new "treatments" that were little more torture. Some of theses places have histories that makes one wonder if those in charge were even human. Lives were destroyed, and many who entered those walls never made it out again.
Seaview Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Staten Island
The Richmond County Poor Farm was established in the 1830's after the city acquired the 91 acre Stephen Marine farm. Over the next few years a cholera hospital and mental institution were built along with housing for the poor. The residents worked the farm in exchange for room and board. In 1902 the name was changed to the New York City Farm Colony. Seaview Hospital was opened in November 1913 adjacent to this location. Seaview Hospital became the first tuberculosis hospital to have a maternity ward and led the country in treatment and care of tuberculosis patients. The Farm merged with Seaview Hospital in 1915. Today it is now a city-run nursing home called Sea View Farms. Many of the old abandoned buildings are still visible but are off limits.
Built and opened in 1932, on the recommendation of Dr.Joseph DeJarnette for a semi-private sanitarium. By 1947 the sanitarium was no longer connected to the Western Lunatic Asylum, it became a privately owned institution. In 1975 the state of Virginia took control of the complex and converted into a center for treating children and adolescents with severe emotional disorders. It's new name was The DeJarnette Center for Human Development. By 1996 the buildings were considered outdated and the patients moved to a new building at Western State Hospital, the building was closed and abandoned. The new building did not carry Dr. DeJarnttes though, due to his being a proponent of eugenics.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Weston, West Virginia
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was once known as the Weston State Hospital. It was originally built between 1858 and 1881 to house 250 people. It reached its peak in the 1950s with over 2,000 patients. Overcrowding, poor conditions and new medical techniques eventually led to the facility's closure. In the 80's there was talk of converting the hospital into a prison, but nothing ever came of it and the building was simply closed. Today heritage tours and ghost tours are offered to anyone who wishes to explore the building.
Pilgrim State Hospital
Opened in 1941 to help New York State deal with overcrowding in other mental facilities. Designed to house 12,500 patients it took 10 years to build. Still it wasn't enough, at one point over 16,000 were held within it's walls. The campus even provided housing for many of it's employees. Eventually, as the wide scale institutionalization was abandoned, the complex itself was too large to keep open. Over fifty buildings have been demolished on the property, but a handful still remain. It is unclear what will happen to the rest of the property.
Waverly Hills is one of the more well know sanatoriums, it was opened in 1910 for tuberculosis patients. Originally it was only supposed to house 40 to 50 people, but within a short amount of time it housed over 100. A bigger building was needed, tuberculosis was becoming a major problem, so every year new additions were added. 1924 saw the start of construction for a new, larger and more durable building which was completed in 1926. In 1943 a new antibiotic was introduced and the number of tuberculosis cases began to drop and in 1961 Waverly Hills was closed. The next year it was reopened as Woodhaven Geriatric Center and stayed open until 1982. After a few failed attempts by varies owners to convert the building the property was bought by the current owners who now host tours and are restoring the building.
Springfield State Hospital
Originally a private home, the state bought the property in 1894 and opened the complex to patients in 1896. Because of the patients good behavior while waiting for the new housing units to be constructed, an open door policy was enacted. This complex acted more like a small community for it's patients and after dealing with initial problems of overcrowding, and bad conditions because of it, the facility became a model for patient care for the nation.
Whether you want to see something different or want a Halloween trip to a place that will give you a real zing of fear, abandoned sanatoriums and asylums are a good choice. Either way, they offer a view into a history that is both horrifying and intriguing.
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