This building is on the grounds of the old MedField State Hospital, in Medfield MA. It is right in the front of the complex, at the end of the long driveway; perhaps it served as an administration building.
The hospital was built in 1892 and opened in 1899 as Medfield Insane Asylum. At its height it included 58 buildings, on a property of some 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2), and a capacity of 2,200 patients. It raised its own livestock and produce, and generated its own heat, light and power. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, the property was closed in April 2003 and the buildings shuttered. The grounds have been reopened to the public and are open every day from 6 am to 6 pm. It has been used as a filming location for major motion pictures such as Shutter Island and The Box. (from Wikipedia)
The grounds are huge. Most of the old buildings are still there, but they are all shuttered and you cannot go into any of them. The exteriors seem in decent shape, as you can see here, but I assume that the interiors are a complete disaster. A cleanup and reopening would likely be very expensive. There are some interior photos (not taken by me) here.
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snunney (103327) 2014-05-20 6:02
A building that is not unlike those built as part of Victorian Mental Hospitals in the UK. I like the head-on point of view and the asymmetrical framing. Also, the burnt red tones of the brick, which contrast well with the rather grey sky. Excellent sharpness.
Noel_Byrne (32542) 2014-05-20 10:52
exactly as Stephen says above, this reminds me so much of the institutions I find all across Ireland, all of which too are in disrepair and abandoned. A testament to a very different time when mental health was considered very differently from now. Its quite a spooky place too, that Victorian Gothic vibe does wonders and its no surprise this place was used for movies. The clock tower in the background is well composed to look menacing too. Well, as menacing a clock tower can look anyway! Great shot, and thanks for linking the interior pics too.
All the best
lousat (94786) 2014-05-20 11:42
HI Roger,abandoned hospitals or factories had always fascinated me....i think at the history of people that been inside,watching what rest now,the facade seems good,but as i read in your note,the interiors are gone....a great capture in the best light and with the usual great quality of detail and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
abmdsudi (56348) 2014-05-21 9:43
This has a vintage feel to it! I adore this subject matter, there's just something about forgotten buildings that begs to be photographed. A place that used to be new and bustling with activity. Interesting architecture and the processing is so very in keeping with the style and age of the building full of glorious matured colours in warm light. An interesting piece well shot, Congrats.
photoray (13981) 2014-06-09 16:55
This classical late 1800s brick insane asylum would make for an interesting museum inside?
Ironically, yesterday on 60 Minutes they reported on the change from closing our mental institutes, and now our prisons handle the mentally ill.
Thanks for sharing,
macjake (70519) 2014-06-13 5:18
this is fantastic!
my favorite type of subject to photograph!
too bad you can't get in - well, i'm sure you CAN get in if you really wanted to - if you know what I mean.
these are some pretty amazing pics you share with us, and I enjoy this one too from the outside. its a strange looking pumpkin color brick, very unique.
Oh if these walls could talk, the stories they would share! I've worked in these types of Insane Asylums, now I work in the hospital.
- Copyright: Roger Lipsett (rogerl) (1620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-20 5:52