For several months I drove past her and watched as she was destroyed by the elements and unwelcome strangers. Soon she will be gone, another piece of history wiped off the face of earth in exchange for a fatter wallet and an even drearier future.
She was born in 1904, a single building holding 95 patients and originally built to follow the Kirkbride plan (I did say originally, didn't I?). Almost 30 years later she had grown to be a whole campus consisting of at least 40 buildings, housing over two-thousand patients and staff as well. Everyone from the criminally insane to the unfortunate who contracted Tuberculosis were housed on the grounds. By the 1970's most of the original buildings were no longer used and come 1996 when she officially closed, only two buildings were active. The rest had been used as storage or abandoned completely.