Friday, November 16, 2012

Kings Park Psychiatric Center

(This photo does not show the whole complex, but all of the buildings below can be seen)

The Kings Park Psychiatric Center was first established in 1885, to help treat the mentally ill of New York City. The state took control of the property in 1895, and it became the Long Island State Hospital. Over the years, different buildings were constructed to accommodate tuberculosis and geriatric patients, veterans, and children, as well as drug patients and people with various other psychiatric disorders. In 1939, one of the most iconic asylum buildings in the country was built, Building 93. The building was slowly being emptied, due to the de-institutionalization trend of the 1970's. The building was fully closed in 1996, and has been left to rot ever since.

Six years before Building 93 was built, the new Group 4 was constructed. The original Group 4 buildings were the TB wards. They were demolished to make room for buildings 41, 42, and 43. This huge building system is built in a style typical of NY asylums, like Ivyland State Hospital, but connected by the X shaped building 42. This complex is just as trashed as Building 93.

The group of buildings known as Group 2 (Buildings 40, 122, 123, and 124) One of the oldest buildings still standing (until recently) on campus was there, built in 1912. These buildings were complete ruins, until their demolition in 2011-12.

This building was the original powerhouse, built in 1892. In its later years, it was used as a storehouse. It is also slated for demolition soon.

Thanks for reading guys. I will throw pictures from another location up ASAP.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ivyland State Hospital

Ground broke in 1927, for what would be a brand new 600 acre psychiatric hospital. The location was chosen because people thought it would help the insane people to be away from the chaos of the city, and move into a suburban setting. As with many psychiatric hospitals at the time, overcrowding was becoming a problem. To add insult to injury, most of the staff was drafted for WWII. They were replaced by unqualified people, and at one point, there was 1 psychologist for 300 patients! Since the 1970's, it has become mostly outpatient treatment oriented. Most of the buildings on the lower campus have been abandoned. Due to weird circumstances, we only hit the one building. I will be back eventually.