A great movie about the struggle of one women who was
placed in a state hospital for the insane. After all other options she
is abandoned in Kings Park State Hospital. A perfect balance of political
and historical facts coming together in three parts. A must see!!
The curator of "City
on the Hill" website has
now come out with a book related to
the history of the Harrisburg State Hospital.
From the Flap
Dr. William A. Decker served with the Michigan
Department of Mental Health for nearly 34 years,
the last 13 years as Medical Superintendent of the
Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital.
Dr. Decker was elevated by the American
Psychiatric Association to the status of Life
Fellow in 1986, and to Distinguished Life Fellow
in 2003. In 1987 the Michigan Department of
Mental Health accorded him a Certificate of
Commendation and the Michigan Psychiatric
Association a Certificate of Merit. The National
Alliance for the Mentally Ill rendered him their
exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1993.
From 1984-1989m Dr. Decker produced a
weekly public information program on health
topics, winning the pretigious Media Award from
the Michigan Mental Health Association as well
as a resolution from the Michigan State Senate
and a letter of commendation from Governer
Dr. Decker's book Asylum for the Insane: A
History of the Kalamazoo State Hospital (Arbutus Press), was Michigans Notable Book
Dr. Decker continues to practice his specialty of
psychiatry, limiting his practice to forensic and
workman's compensation issues.
William A. Decker
"Upper Peninsula Hospital : A History
of the Newberry State Hospital"
The newest additions to the Abandoned Asylum website is the Asylum Museums
page. Click here to see information about museums
around the United States.
Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont
Located in Southern Vermont this private institution sits almost unchanged
from the early 1900s. From its large administration building to the Retreat
Tower, built for the 75th Anniversary of the hospital this is a great
This site is a pictorial tour through asylum architecture and history.
Please enjoy the pictures, postcards, artifacts, and other interesting
sectors of this page. I have changed the look of my site to better organize
the contents. Choose from the links to the left to explore.
Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals is a collection
of large-format photographs taken by photographer Chris Payne, who was
granted unprecedented access to seventy institutions in thirty states
between 2002 and 2008. Through his lens we see palatial exteriors designed
by famous architects and crumbling interiors never intended to be seen
again. He shows how the hospitals functioned as self-contained communities,
where almost everything of necessity was produced on site: food, water,
power, and even clothing and furniture. Since many of these places no
longer exist, his photographs serve as their final, “official”