Hospitals

Kings Park Psychiatric Center

By dave | September 25, 2007

Kings Park had been on my list for some time but the distance was just a bit more than I was willing to tackle in a single day, especially considering the massive amount of exploring that lay ahead of me. In the end, it turned out to be the first place I ever traveled and…

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Central Islip Psychiatric Center

By dave | May 29, 2007

My trip to Central Islip was brief, but interesting. I stopped here after exploring the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. I was torn between my desire to explore and my desire to get on the road for a very long drive home so I was only able to explore one building.

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Foxborough State Hospital

By dave | April 13, 2007

Foxboro State hospital opened in 1889 and treated patients until about 1976. Unfortunately I was not able to explore the hospital before renovations began, but I could not let this place be renovated without seeing it at least once.

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Gaebler Children’s Center – Trips 1 – 3

By dave | February 1, 2007

Built near the Metropolitan State Hospital campus, the Gaebler School was created specifically to address the needs of children with mental illnesses. As with many institutions of it’s type, the stories of former patients who resided within these walls are not always pretty. It is chilling to walk the halls of this building, passing seclusion…

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Metropolitan State Hospital

By dave | December 31, 2006
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Paul A. Dever State School

By dave | December 28, 2006

Originally built in 1942 as a military facility and POW detention center, this complex of buildings was converted into a mental health facility. Countless identical buildings, interconnected by tunnels, are now abandoned.

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Cranberry Specialty Hospital

By dave | December 6, 2006

Cranberry Specialty Hospital was opened as a Tuberculosis sanatorium. The unusual architecture (for the North East) was lauded at the time, as were its facilities and state of the art heating system. Shots are on Neoppan 1600. There are also some experiments with in-camera double exposures in this set.

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Grafton State Hospital – Trips 1 and 2

By dave | November 6, 2006

Grafton State Hospital opened in 1901 and closed in 1973 after growing to encompass a huge campus. The building which remains abandoned definitely shows evidence of its age and attempts to retrofit more modern systems to it over the years. Most of these shots are on Fuji Pro 160s, and were my first experiment with…

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Norwich State Hospital

By dave | October 1, 2006

Norwich was a popular place. Lots of explorers loved this place and always seemed to pull great pictures out of it, no matter how many times they went. I did not love this place. It was scuzzy and empty and I just could never get really great shots. It seemed like every time I went,…

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Belchertown State School

By dave | September 20, 2006

I have explored many mental health institutions in my travels, but Belchertown is one of a very few which truly gave me the creeps. It is the only place I can claim to have ever encountered anything which seemed even remotely supernatural (though it is a stretch to even say what I encountered here was…

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