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.