In 1870 the State of New York purchased land from local area farmers. In 1912, after the construction was completed, the hospital was opened boasting 32 patients. The campus began to grow at a rapid pace and soon had a total of 50 buildings. In 1959 the hospital is reported to have housed 7,000 patients.
During the 1960’s the asylum was described as overcrowded, poorly equipped, and understaffed. During this era the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients caused the decline of many asylums and mental hospitals. Without patients to sustain them they slowly fell into disrepair.
Today most of the buildings are empty and remain abandoned. Less than 500 patients were still housed in the facility during our visit in 2007. We managed to pass patients and ambulances on the immense half-abandoned and forgotten campus even though it was mainly deserted. Strange visions in this desolate landscape.
We explored building 25 and it contained cells, solitary seclusion rooms, a refectory and day room with strange paintings on the walls. Two sad dilapidated porches with thick steel bars are the only glimpse of the outside world patients could expect. One can only try to imagine and guess what types of mental illnesses were present in such a large facility with overcrowding.
i believe i know where this is located.
I saw some people claiming that there are shady figures in the photo's. I can't really see them. In photo 20 there is a shade in the picture but also a shadow at his leg or something. I figured it might have been a stick and some light reflections that created a shadowy image in the picture. I don't believe it is haunted. Nor haunted places do excist. This site looks quite creepy itself.
the general consensus here is that this is Harlem Valley State Hospital in Wingdale, NY. I've been close to it but i've never actually ventured onto the grounds because of all the signs and stuff. Plus there was a cop stalking me. To be fair, that night i had gone from HRSH to HVSH, i had already had a good night and didn't want to push my luck. This hospital is way big and the grounds are way dank. Someone told me that if you ever get in, you'll need a key cuz there are a lot of locked doors.
Is this place still standing? also what is the name of it?
Can someone please explain why this place is such a well kept secret?
Abandoned hospitals are probably the greatest places to visit. I'm jealous!
By the way, I also add a post about these pictures on my blog. www.urbexplayground.com
Hope that you will appreciate it!
hey, im millie, 13 years old and like watching scary movies like Saw, Incidious and paranormal activity... but seriously... this is really creepy cos in various pics u see faint shadows or people in the corridors or backgrounds... its really scary. Are they actually real? I dunno but something is out there... something we aint seen before.
Go in the tunnels. The ppl who spy wish they could
Look on photo #20. If you look down the hall there's like a black shadow figure..
do you think these are just lost spirits or actual demonic entities.? i'm just curious.
My mother worked in this hospital in the 40's as a teenager with my aunt and a close friend. The friend was excused because she fainted when they showed them the electro shock therapy. My mother said you actually stayed at the hospital in dorms and everytime the door was opened at night they'd jump up and ask who it was because they always feared it was one of the patients. She told us some funny stories and some sad ones as well and I wish she was here today to see what this beautiful but sad place has become. Spoke to my aunt today about it and she laughed, she said it was fun, scary and amzing being there.
i'm starting up my own urbex magazine and i could use some help with locations in the tri-state area. always down to collaborate with fellow explorers, would love to make this happen over the next few months. e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if this interests you
My uncle was Head Superintendent in charge of building maintenance during the 60's. He lived on the hospital grounds in a building where there were 4 attached family dwellings (two stories tall, with attached basements), quite large in fact , for some key employees to live on site. We used to go to his "house" for holidays. After dinner, my cousins and I would walk around the grounds, very spooky, sometimes we could hear patients screaming.
-CatchMeIfUCan-... email me at email@example.com i am very interested... i have been shooting abandoned places in the tristate area for a couple years now and never been to this place
i have been to this place a few times and walked most of the grounds, havent seen security yet, but my 1st time there a foreman told me to leave because they were in the middle of construction. Anyways im looking for someone to maybe show me around a lil more that i already know, i usally try to learn more about the buildings before entering just incase i need to change my exit, but with all the construction i would like to get together with maybe another Urbex'r to shoot this place before its to late! -CatchMeIfUCan-
The back door is now open. THe cops are gone. Park past the road blocks and you should be fine.
Integra I wouldn't talk if I were you.
OK, I usually let most things roll off my shoulders, but what you said to Walter just didn't set right with me.
Also, I don't think you're a real "cop". The real deal would NEVER say anything like what you just said. Oh,by the way. If you are wondering how I know how a "cop" responds to comments like the one Walter wrote. The Utah State Police Department has access to my computer. So, they know I've been to this site, which also means that they know what you said. Take my advice to stay out of trouble & this goes for everyone: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
Yes, it's still standing. And, if you know what/where it is, you can find it on Google Maps. As the website owner would like it to remain an anonymous location - and it would be no fun anyway, if I spoiled it.
But... I already gave you all a hint. You can find it on Google Maps still. Unlike for instance the buildings at Pilgrim State that have been demolished.
SIDE NOTE, CRAIG IS WRONG ON THE LOCATION. I've been to this place, and I have confirmed with those who posted the images above what the location is (which is how I know they want to keep it secret) - and matched it to an aerial photograph of the place. So... there's another hint. It's not Dutchess County anything.
Perhaps you being very wrong on the location will also help push you towards being more polite on an otherwise very polite website.
And once again to Sylvain, thanks for the wonderful pictures (and confirming my guess way back when).
has it been demo'ed or is it still standing and if it is stand standing what is the security like?
i would love to photograph it.
We all love the pictures of Hospital X and also along the way the ones of Morristown Hospital For the Insane in the this forum.True I did not ask to be dumped in there or born there but then again,niether did any of my friends either.You all truely brought out the sides of those places in such a way it only shows beauty but no one will ever be able to figure out a fucking thing about what we all went through or be able to put a locationable finger on what might have gone on from one to another at all.All 10 of us sharing my computer only say"Thank You" for making our lives easier,relaxing,and a little bit more dealably insane with the knowledge,per every time its time to visit the shrink we are not crazy,only having a blast being.
hey i was just wondering if demo has started here...was here many years ago, was just wondering what the status of the old place..cant seem to find any 2011 updates! thanks
hospial x iam going this weekend. an to the security that is on this site trust me when i say this stay out of my way want abe "cop"
Thank you for giving us all the precise location for this hospital. You made it far too easy to find. Also, before you start threatening people in an open forum, you should be aware that doing that is technically a misdemeanor in NYS - which is surprising to see you do, not that you present yourself as a real police official in anyway.
Just a sidenote before you make another absurd threat - IP tracing doesn't give you someone's exact location. If you actually knew what you were talking about, you might be a bit more daunting - as it is now, you're just a joke.
I'm going to the hospital today and spray painting Craig's name all over the walls. Stop me!
Please do us the honors of tracking me down and so that I may stick that billy club down your throat. If you were a cop you wouldn't post such a BS response. Cops have their dignity... and most of their brain cell, while you display neither of those. Have a good day if you ever read this, and may you burn in Hell for being such a waste of human flesh. :
get a grip, everyone is allowed to have an opinion
you're obviously a very narrow-minded person.
great photos, gives me slight heebie jeebies ahah
Threatening someone with stalking and bodily harm in an open forum? Hmm... you're credibility has flaws. A real LEO would seriously frown upon your behavior here.
We are not amused, nor impressed.
No, you cannot.
Walter I would shut your lips if I were you. I can find out where you live by tracking your IP. Wana police stick up your ass?
arrest the demolishers ,let the photografers do there thing, they don't harm anyone.
I patrol there all the time. We arrested a few kids there the other day.
It is the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, NY. In Dutchess County
I LOVE this site. The images are spell bounding to say the least. I wanted to just make a comment only to inform, not start a hate fest and I certainly dont want to piss anyone off at all. I write this only because of a tag on one of the photos regarding the children. Not all children were insane in these hospitals and Im sure that’s not what it meant, but I wanted to clarify a common thought about these hospitals anyway..... Often children with slight handicaps were put in these hospitals because their parents could not handle taking care of a child as is done without question today. Medication was still experimental back then too. Husbands committed adulterous wives to retain their own reputations and save face among their peers. People with different points of views/religions, etc. or slightly odd were committed constantly by their opposers. All you needed to do was sign them in or convince a judge-Not hard to do during more corrupt times-money was always a powerful negotiator. My aunt was 6 years old when she was forced by her stepmother to hang the laundry on the roof. She fell off the roof and survived. She was not crazy, nor insane; she suffered from seizures after her accident. Her step mother put her in Pilgrim. Sadly, this is what most people in those days did. My aunt never left Pilgrim; never married, never had children-she grew up looking out-while the world looked away. She died peacefully in her sleep in 1962, still contained within the walls of Pilgrim State. Very sad, a beautiful life unable to live to the fullest beyond the lawn of this awful, house of horrors, hospital-well known for its -cure all- lobotomies. Pilgrim state holds me in its grip on a very personal level and on an intense exploration level too. In the 70s I passed the haunting remains of one building off of Commack Road constantly, each time I did, I wanted to see it from the inside out, wanted to have enough nerve to face the awfulness inside, know more. I never got that opportunity.
This place looks really fascinating....I looked up some more recent pictures, and the place looks a little worse for wear. Still amazing, but definitely not as pristine as these shots. The ones I saw were still about two years old. Anyone know if this place (no names or locations necessary if you want it to remain anonymous) is still standing? Anyone know what kind of condition it's in, and if it's still worth a trip today?
There is mad shit there at that place..me and a few of my friends have gone there and have recordings and pictures of our own!..As for the picture with the Dog and Kid..(Clearly) If it was part of rehab they still had anger and shit..so tthe waythe boys fingers are curled it looks like he is about to stab the dog.....As for the Ghost in Picture 20..Me and my friends have seen him in another building..and he knows of our presence..He made it very well known...
hello from bomb were is this places
This picture of the boy patting or stabbing (as you like ) the dog is extremely disturbing and I can't imagine how is should have any positive effects on the patients.
By the way many of your galleries are amazing, especially the ones of the mental hopitals give you a sweet sense of hollywood horror - Can't wait to see "Shutter Island"
in picture 20, it looks like the "ghost" is wearing a jersey, you can see faint numbers.
RobertMfromLI pleas pleas pleas can you shoot me an email i have a few questions about the place i want to ask you
Apparently it is actually a person standing there. (look down at more of the comments)
These photos are amazing! Did you see the ghost in photo 20? You should get those examined, they're great evidence.
Well, this mystery is finally solved. At Sylvain's (from forbidden-places.net) request, I will not repost the answer.
Sylvain, thanks for the email confirmation, and great site!!!
I am beginning to believe you are correct, as some aspects of the floor plan do not match, even though many others are near exact like windows and such... now I am very intrigued.
There are some in Buffalo that are similar - but also not an exact match. There is also (as others mentioned) KP Building #93, which is also similar but does not match.
Another key thing not found on any of those buildings are the day room and porch on each end.
Hoping you get to your email... would love to know of another such monstrosity that still exists that would bring back fond memories of my youth.
Haugaard designed many similar buildings, such as one at Mason General Hospital... but even Mason, which is the closest I have found, does not have the same floor plan...
Are you sure? In Edgewood the building number may have been #25. When EDGEWOOD became part of pilgrim state, it may have been changed to #102.
It definitely looks exactly like #102. I know, I live in walking distance from the bottom of the Edgewood/Pilgrim State lands. I've even been __ (in? near?) that building before.
As for the possibly fictitious Northam with no location or building plans, I'd need to see more than some interior pics that seem similar.
I'd guess that the interiors of the hospitals looked far similar to each other than the exteriors ever did. From what I have seen, of the larger buildings, virtually every one is different. And building #102 is the only one I know of that had that exact floor plan.
I am definitely willing to submit I may be wrong though. Will email you...
no its not edgewood or pilgrim state or kings park, etc. most of these institutions are similar in design which is why people think they see any of those locations in this. this building still exists as far as i know. haven't been near here in quite sometime though www.opacity.us is another place that has pictures of it.
Technically, it was Edgewood State Hospital, which was adjacent to Pilgrim State and considered by all to be a part of it, as it was an annex of it of sorts.
Scroll down halfway for another great pic. You can just make out the two small "wings" that came off the building on the left and right just at the fenceline.
I got to see it both before it was ravaged by fires and after... I have some friends who still have some souvenirs from it.
More info and pics can be found here:
Map showing outline of Building #102 (which no longer exists):
Pictures of Building #102:
Hope that helps. A simple Google Search on either Pilgrim State Building #102 or Edgewood Hosiptal Building #102 is likely to turn up even more info for anyone interested.
I am not sure what slademilz is talking about. The location is indeed Kings Park, NY (or Brentwood or Deer Park, depending on who you talk to); right near Commack NY. It sat (PAST tense) between Sagtikos Parkway (NOT Sunken Meadow Pky, which actually begins a few miles further up) and Commack Rd, just south of Long Island Expressway.
It was a building that was part of the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center/Hospital (sometimes also referred to as the Kings Park State Hospital). It was razed years ago, and the land it sat on has been donated/purchased for use as a park. Many of the other buildings in the complex still stand (though quite a few others have also been razed). Some of the existing buildings are in use, some are abandoned and in various stages of disrepair.
Portions of the building noted here "caught fire" before being razed (though the structure itself still stood).
This building actually was listed as #102, not #25... which was probably a renumber from it's original plans. The bottom most part of the map above shows the part of the building that faced Commack Rd.
its funny that everyone is so way off on the location. I know where and what this is but i won't tell on here,sorry I wouldn't recommend anyone try to get to this into this place anyway though. A risky proposition to be sure. Theres reasons other than secrecy or keeping things intact such as what is around here now but i will say no more. cool pictures
Indeed, this is a person in picture 20. I usually try to avoid characters in my photos, but I liked the way it turned out in this case, blurry, ghostly, very well fitting with this creepy location...
Is there a person in that picture???
Nope, it is not!
is this by chance part of the harlem valley hospital aka hudson river state hospital?
Some really great photos here. Very nice lighting...I assume it was natural, low light. Time exposures on a tripod? Wide angle lenses ...looks to be 35-20 MM range. Nice stuff!
looks like the old psych hospitals in Orange County NY.
I am very interested in going to this place with my friends, can anyone place tell me the city and state its in. And is the name of the hospital really hospital x?
The pics are amazing!
In pic 20 is that someone standing there?....freaky!
it looks alot like king park but i closely looked at every building on the map i have of the kpc grounds and this does not fit. could you email m with the location o this hospital?
the child was holding a hotdog
is def not kings park
its similar in some ways but iv'e been studying that hostpital for years now. i could be wrong but in my opinion this is not kppc
Why the secrecy? Well to keep it intact, untouched, as it currently is.
Are you sure? The shape of the building and its orientation on the map shown above agrees very well with the satellite photo on Google Maps. If it's not Kings Park, where is it and why the secrecy? BTW: Great web site!
Nope, it's not!
I believe this is in Kings Park, NY on long island near Sunken Meadow State Park.
this is in new york?? what city/town is it in?
Actually, most of if not all hospitals in America of all types have a safety policy. They're supposed to be safe, sanitary, etc. Mental hospitals (keyword: MENTAL) are meant to house people who are too unstable to live on their own or to go out in public. Most asylums allowed patients to go out and around the area under supervision, and all of these places had therapy/recreational rooms.
My mom knew someone who worked at a huge asylum, and he came home almost everyday with at least one story. Some of these include inmates getting into fights over stupid shit, inmates trying to rape each other and even inmates basically saying "hey whats up? my name is so-and-so" to one another and then just slugging them.
I also knew someone who was in one of these places who tried to cut her wrists with a cd that she broke in half (ironically, she was known as one of the "kool kidz" in elementary school).
So do you still think it was wrong for them to have been kept in a place where they were closely supervised, kept from harming others/themselves (assuming the hospital can catch them before they try to start a brawl), yet still be provided with recreational activities AND therapy?
keep moving on godd picture
Ah ha! Thanks for clearing that one up.
Sorry to disappoint you, but indeed, there was someone exploring with me, and he can be seen on photo #20, he is not a ghost (at least, as far as I know...)
I love websites like this - excellent photos and history. I have to agree with Caroline - it really does look like someone standing by the door in photo 20.
Keep up the good work. If it wasn't for sites like this, so much history would be lost.
When I look at these pictures it makes me think of the patients who were these institutions, often against their will, what kind of things they had to enjure in the name of psychiatric medicine. The pictures appear to be of a locked ward where patients had no access to the outside whatsoever. This is evident by the picture of the chairs in the room with the windows looking out. Also with the pictures in the hall, the doors have tiny windows in them, these are only used in locked wards where patients are committed involuntarily to do either acute psychiatric illness or criminal insanity. In some respects it's a good thing that mass institutionalisation of mental patients has come to an end in most of the western world. The only problem is that really sick patients who do need institutions now tend to have nowhere to turn to and are found in the streets of our cities.
These photos need to be seen by whole lot more people. If more people saw them maybe their attitudes to mental illness might change.
Sorry, I know this isn't that type of website but in Picture 20 you can make out the figure of a man in the middle of the photo. Probably light dispersement, but an amazing effect nonetheless.
U smash my mind!
The photos are truly amazing! You have captured the intense, sad, creepy atmosphere very well! A truly piece of art! /Pelle
The images reminded me of the Old Nova Scotia Hospital I once worked at 20 years ago. As mental health moved into the community setting due both to advances in medication and the over all acceptance of the mentally Ill in our communities. Our over sized buildings from the turn of the century or before seemed to fall to disuse. One Particularly large building named the Dewolf building fell to such a fate albeit over a 50 year period. With a kindred sense of history and exploration not to mention a set of keys including a skeleton set provided to me as I took on a summer painting Job, I used as many breaks and lunch hours as possible exploring the enormous building. Five floors above ground, two as it turned out below and two levels of attic space. The building took almost 8 minutes to walk around at a quick pace from the outside. And was modeled on a prison design I was told. The wood Planking used in construction was over 3 inches thick and fully 20" across. No expense was spared in the construction with literally miles of oak trim 6"x 1" lining every 12' room and hall as well as three story spiraling oak staircases. This building was in much better condition then what I have seen in your gallery as it had been HEATED for over 100 years. This left an incredible find possible, A very well appointed resident doctors apartment from the late 1800's complete with uncracked dishes in an oriental pattern and all the furnishings was discovered, left as it was last used, housecleaned no doubt, locked and ready for the next Physician. One who never arrived it appeared. Just one of probably 800 rooms lost to time. The rooms included fully equipped labs, an X-ray machine from early in the century in a walled off basement, time-out rooms, attics well lit with full story windows and even one a story and a half high with a large circular window facing the harbor where a young intern had committed suicide many years before. The danger of exploration alone was real I discovered as I nearly found my self trapped in one attic passage as a self closing door, a fire limiting feature I discovered, shut firmly behind me and left me six floors above ground with only an untried door at the other end ahead. Lesson here my friends ( tell someone where you are exploring or you will eventually die hot, thirsty and alone), O' yeah don't let doors shut behind you either! There was an actual tunnel to the sea where coal was delivered from the harbor far too dangerous to explore I was warned by maintenance workers who checked it out twenty years before. As you worked down in the building from the top floors the decades rolled by as the lower levels were the last occupied. Large reel to reel players with tape still on board were discovered(I can only imagine now the contents of the tapes) as well as copious notes and files from a time when medical records were not such a private affair were left by the arm load scattered in nursing station drawers. EAch level was greatly furnished as only the newest equipment and furniture was moved to the lower floors as the upper ones fell into disuse.
On one memorable occasion voices of young women could be heard echoing in the hall ways on one level of the building
No not ghosts, it turned out the previously empty wing had been renovated to house prostitutes as a safe house. I kid you not. Though not easily spooked until I learned what was going on I really considered leaving the place once and for all . It was torn to the ground to make way for an eventual community college but not before leaving an indelible memory in a young explorers mind of an era gone by. I wonder if these kids would be curious to know the history lurking beneath their feet. Perhaps a curious soul will read of my adventures in forbidden places.
beautiful. this place just sucked me into its history and its imagery. I feel a road trip coming on...
the pictures give me a weird feeling,i love places like that.
you never no what happends in such buildings.
greetings from spooky holland.
Just wanted to let you know that this was really amazing to read, and the pictures were especially nice also. Thanks!
not a knife or a pet......nothing.
Hi! im talking to everyone out there who love insane places as much as i do! keep following your dreams and dont give up!!! All though i am quite young, i know what im talking about!!!!! you inpiered me! I thinks its nothing.
I wish i could go to places like that. It looks so cool and soothing there! thats my dream. You have inspired me!
its eather pilgirm state or edgewood state hospital but they were in the same complex to a point
Nope, this is not Kings Park!
I was going to say kings park in ny when I first say the pictures, by kings park doesn't have a building 25...though the outline of that building does remind me of building 93 from kings park.
Where in New York is this?
your shots at these hospitals are truely moving and amazing...
It is amazing to see how some of the paintings are still visible to make out what the objects really are. You and your team really bring the mental hospitals into perspective. It makes you wonder how those places were really ran.
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