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“This site is dedicated to documenting various abandoned places through both text and photographs; recording their transformations through time before they are demolished. The abundance of abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitals in the New England area create the bulk of the locations here; these beautiful state funded structures are vast and complex, giving insight to both the humanity and mistreatment towards the mentally ill over the past two centuries.

In the past few years, there has been a surge of redevelopment projects for these places, and states have been lowering land prices and pushing for bids to buy. Soon, all of these beautiful structures will fall down to meet their fate of becoming golf courses, condos and strip malls.”

During my psychiatric career, I have worked at several of these now abandoned or demolished-and-redeveloped sites, including Metropolitan State Hospital, Boston State Hospital and Worcester State Hospital. I routinely pass the sites of MSH and BSH. I can’t say that I have ever been back inside in an ‘unofficial’ capacity since their closures, although I am tempted.