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I first visited this former mental hospital back in June 2012 and alot has changed since that time ...some good some bad. This hospital started it's life  in the 1920's  and closed in 1994. At it's largest capacity it had 5,818 patients.  Like many other state hospitals in the U.S it had it's own farm , laundry, bakery, refrigeration plants etc and various other buildings were built in later years such as a chapel and larger separate hospital  built in 1966 for infirm patients which had, an operating room, laboratory, diagnostic equipment, clinics, medical library and mortuary. When I first visited here it was overgrown with poison ivy, tall grass....just unkempt and relatively easy as no one seemed to be watching it. There were plans to convert it to senior housing but that never happened and in 2013/2014 a group bought it to convert it into a college. I had planned to visit about that time when a friend who visited said they'd already taken out the morgue contents of the larger building. He also said they'd oddly started fixing up the auditorium but other things left untouched. He also discovered  had started doing illegal abatement  and word got out and they were shut down. It  still sits partially abated which gives a new look to what I'd seen before but it also took away some of the charm. I of course wanted to see the big morgue when I went back...whenever that was I wasn't sure. Well last summer I was able to get back and the place is much trickier to do since there's a damn security guy 24/7 who seems to make usual rounds. All the doors have been screwed shut with the exception of a few....of course way out in the wide open.  We got there very early in the morning so I took a few night shots. I might add the old morgue thankfully is still there in the older hospital building although all the doors have been taken.  I would like to add that this place is sheer hell due to the tunnels which I didn't need to use in 2012 (since we were able to freely walk around) and is most known because of these horrific tunnels LOL.  You basically are crouched in some while going down or up very steeply (depending on how you enter the campus) and are narrow as well as filled with the white crap (most likely asbestos) from the pipes that have fallen on the floor. I did not enjoy them at all and we actually left earlier than I wanted because we were both exhausted from carrying the heavy backpacks and navigating the tunnels trying to find a new way out so we didn't go back up the tunnels. I plan to go back though and get pics of things we missed.  So here are some pics from my early visit which are crap. I can't re-edit them due to losing them via the cat who knocked the external HD to the floor a couple years ago. I was not a good photographer of buildings back then as I came from nature so this "architecture" was a whole new game for me. I struggled a bit with composition and lighting.....and used a fisheye at times :( Unfortunately I don't have the same pics of old trip of auditorium to compare with how it is now. I never edited and uploaded the old ones  :(  Forgot to add I stopped by in the winter last year to take a few exteriors hence the snow pics :P

 

 

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Oh wow! this is amazing Michelle! I love everything about this place, the exterior is very 'workhousey' like we get over here. The body fridge is a bit retro, I am absolutely loving that :thumb Must have been humungous with a capacity like that. Im pleasantly surprised with how well preserved the chapel is considering the decay of the rest of the place. What surprises me more is the length of time it was open, not very long really but hey, I am not complaining! Relatively intact and vandalism free as well. The handprinted sign is nice, I bet the place is littered with those. This is like hospital porn for me. i could actually go on for days but I won't haha! Love it, really love it! nice work lovely :thumb 

 

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39 minutes ago, Urbexbandoned said:

Oh wow! this is amazing Michelle! I love everything about this place, the exterior is very 'workhousey' like we get over here. The body fridge is a bit retro, I am absolutely loving that :thumb Must have been humungous with a capacity like that. Im pleasantly surprised with how well preserved the chapel is considering the decay of the rest of the place. What surprises me more is the length of time it was open, not very long really but hey, I am not complaining! Relatively intact and vandalism free as well. The handprinted sign is nice, I bet the place is littered with those. This is like hospital porn for me. i could actually go on for days but I won't haha! Love it, really love it! nice work lovely :thumb 

 

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Thanks very much! This is why I say some of the stuff in the US isn't as nice as the U.K .....the workhousey I'm assuming is the utilitarian kind of look...plain and not attractive. The retro morgue was double sided actually so yeah it was a huge place! I don't have any photos of the other side anymore sadly. Ughhh... so mad they HAD to take that out first when the people started work in there. Like WHY? I'm guessing they sold it most likely. The chapel I believe was used shortly before I was there the first time because I found bulletins with a date of May 2012. When we entered there were cobwebs across the doorways so I don't think anyone had been there since along with a lot of dust. One of the people with me found relatively fresh food in the fridge there too. I believe they went back to using it recently as well but not really sure. There were quite a bit of signs on the doors and then wooden ones scattered throughout. Thanks for all the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos! :)

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2 hours ago, AndyK! said:

Me likey! The operating theatre looks great, liking the tiles.

 

 

Thanks Andy! The OP room is all tagged up now. When I went the power was still on oddly enough..... nearly 20 years later

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That is incredible! 

 

Everything about it is a win, the externals make it look vast, it has a great level of derp and that chapel.... WOW.

 

Thanks for posting that up, really enjoyed it.

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Wow that's awesome. I like the penguins and the morgue! I never thought I would mention those 2 things in the same sentence but hey ;)

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14 hours ago, obscureserenity said:

Wow! Cracking report and great photos :D I agree with @DirtyJigsaw especially liking the morgue!

 

Thank you very much!

6 hours ago, Dubbed Navigator said:

That is incredible! 

 

Everything about it is a win, the externals make it look vast, it has a great level of derp and that chapel.... WOW.

 

Thanks for posting that up, really enjoyed it.

 

 

Thank you as well. It is a pretty big campus. There was at least one other building they tore down right before I  went but I believe it was pretty much like the others. I wish also I could shoot the chapel again but it's alarmed :/

2 hours ago, The_Raw said:

Wow that's awesome. I like the penguins and the morgue! I never thought I would mention those 2 things in the same sentence but hey ;)

 

Thank you! LOL on the penguins and morgue :p. My favorite was the penguins I think and the other paintings there which I never got to see the first time. There was another bowling alley here as well but it was all ruined by water and they cleared it out when they started the "abatement".

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Another great set from you. I really like how you edit your photos.

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Amazing stuff once again Michelle :). Really enjoyed reading through that and viewing the pictures. I really hope that wasn't asbestos in those tunnels! 

 

Morgue and chapel look nice! A strange mix of 'nice and clean' to heavily decayed in places. Great report :thumb 

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20 hours ago, Andy said:

Another great set from you. I really like how you edit your photos.

 

Thanks a lot Andy! I've tried to improve my editing because in the early days of exploring I didn't edit very well :P

 

17 hours ago, hamtagger said:

Amazing stuff once again Michelle :). Really enjoyed reading through that and viewing the pictures. I really hope that wasn't asbestos in those tunnels! 

 

Morgue and chapel look nice! A strange mix of 'nice and clean' to heavily decayed in places. Great report :thumb 

 

Thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! LOL nooooooo no asbestos at all just some white soggy stuff from the pipes :p. 

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