Belchertown State School
Belchertown State school was an institution for mentally ill people. It achieved notoriety, or perhaps a better term would be infamy, when it was the subject of one of the first major lawsuits against a mental health institution in Massachusetts. The campus is a collection of small, colonial revival style buildings.
Central Islip Psychiatric Center
Long Island, New York is home to many mental health facilities of which Central Islip is one.
Eastville State Hospital
Incredible woodwork and huge collapses characterized this abandonment, which lies on a campus which still houses an active mental health facility.
Foxboro State Hospital
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.
Gaebler Childrens Center
The Gaebler Childrens Center opened in 1955 on the Metropolitan State Hospital grounds. It closed in 1992. An account of a former patient living at Gaebler can be read in Gaebler: Hell and Back.
Grafton State Hospital
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.
Greystone Park Psychiactric Hospital
Graystone opened in 1876 and was, at the time, known as New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum at Morristown. The Kirkbride building may have had the largest continuous foundation in the United States until it was surpassed by the Pentagon in 1943.
Jackson Sanitarium
Originally built in 1854 to take advantage of the alleged "healing powers" of the local town this building is more famously known as Bernarr McFadden's Physical Culture Hotel. McFadden re-purposed the building in 1929 as something of a spa. The building featured good quality accommodations and emphasized physical activity as a means to relax and rejuvenate.
Kings Park Psychiatric Center
Kings Park was, at one time, more or less a city in and of itself. Patients farmed and worked with animals to help create a more or less self sufficient environment. Now, all that is left is acres and acres of land pockmarked by monstrous abandonments.
Medfield State Hospital
Medfield State Hospital is a pleasant cottage style asylum. Its buildings are modern enough to consider productive re-use, so hopefully the place can be saved. It housed an active parole board facility until recently.
Metropolitan State Hospital
Metropolitan State Hospital, built in 1927, was built to help accommodate the growing mental health care needs in the Boston area.
Northampton State Hospital
Northampton State Hospital, built in 1856, was notable not just for its impressive Kirkbride design, but also for its relatively positive reputation with former patients. There was abuse here, like with any mental health facility, but there was a surprising number of positive stories which originated here as well, and it was these stories which seemed to resonate most strongly in its empty halls.
Norwich State Hospital
Norwich State Hospital is situated on a massive 400 acre campus with buildings connected by an elaborate tunnel system. Norwich is guarded by private security and the Connecticut State Police which make say the least. Check out my Norwich movie here.
Paul A. Dever State School
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.
Plymouth County Hospital
Plymouth County Hospital, constructed in 1923, was originally designed as a tuberculosis sanitorium. This is reflected in the airy design of the wards of the hospital. The architecture of the building itself was somewhat unusual for the Northeast as well.
Seaside Regional Center
The Seaside Regional Center is an unusually constructed group of buildings situated on a very nice beach in Connecticut.
Sweating Bullets State Hospital
This beautiful old hospital is still very much active, and we were privy to renovation efforts on many of the floors of the abandoned wings. This was one of the more stressful, and more fun, explores I have ever done. It was one of those where you drive off campus and think, "what did we just get away with?"
Taunton State Hospital
Taunton State Hospital is an incredible old kirkbride building. It has suffered some unfortunate events over the years, including a fire in the administration section, and is now slated for demolition.
Undercliff Mental Health Center
Undercliff Mental Health Center is a small mental health facility established in 1910 as the Meriden Sanatorium. In 1918 it became the first tuberculosis sanatorium in the country to exclusively treat children. In 1954 all children at the facility were transferred to the Seaside Sanitorium and the adults were transferred to various mental health facilities in the area. The hospital then reopened as Undercliff Hospital and primarily doing rehabilitation work. Finally, in 1967 it changed names for the last time to the Undercliff Mental Health Center. The center closed in 1976 but was reopened a year later after ownership was transferred from the Commissioner of Mental Heath to the Commissioner of Child and Youth services, which continues to operate the center to this day.
Walter E. Fernald State School
The Walter E Fernald State School is an active mental health facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. The state is moving to close the facility, much to the detriment of the many residents who have spent virtually their entire lives here. The families of many of the patients have fought hard to keep the facility open.
Worcester State Hospital
Worcester State Hospital was an impressive stone Krikbride constructed at the top of a hill in Worcester, MA. It was constructed in 1870 to replace the existing Worcester asylum building which had become overcrowded. The active hospital caught fire in 1991, which destroyed most of the wings of the Kirkbride. Some of the structure remained until all but the administration section was demolished in 2008.


Many consider hospitals the holy grail of exploring. Some explorers concentrate on hospitals and little else. While I enjoy photographing all types of abandoned structures, there is definitely something compelling about hospitals which cannot be experienced in other types of structures. Perhaps the life and death struggles, the human drama, which occurred within the walls of these places have left something behind. Asylums, in particular, have a controversial and interesting history which makes them a particularly interesting subject for photography.