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Hospital of the Seven Teeth [26 Jan 2008|03:56pm]
This photo was taken in the Fall of 2005 in the Massachusetts State Asylum nicknamed the "Hospital of the Seven Teeth" after a murder and subsequent cover up that took place on the grounds. The gurney was photographed as found in a very water damaged building once used for rec. purposes.

For more info about this hospital's notorious history visit the fantastic site at Dark Passage: http://www.darkpassage.com/hopscotch/dioramas/teeth/article.htm
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Piano Man [25 Jan 2008|10:00am]
This house played a significant part in the history of a very old private psych hospital in MA that is still active today. They abandoned this building along with a few others sometime in the early 1990s and left them to rot and be vandalized. A skylight which probably was broken years ago from the elements has been left unrepaired and birds have done alot of damage to the top floor. I was always intrigued by this building but assumed that it was taken well care of so i never did more than drive past it. I heard in the Fall of 2006 that part of the hospital's land was sold to developers and the building would be turned into $300,000+ condos soon so i decided to finally venture in and photograph the inside of it. I was very dissapointed by the state i found it in. This was not a state run asylum but a private facility known for its high level of care and high price tag.

There are a number of passages about the building it in the book "Gracefully Insane"- It was a male ward/dormitory once called the "Harvard Club" as supposedly at one time every male resident inside had a Harvard Degree. One chapter recounts the time Ray Charles was being treated here and living in this very building during his stay, and how he recalled paying the piano in the foyer of the building along with another "cool call that played the trumpet" during his stay - Upon gaining entry and reaching the foyer we saw an old dusty upright pushed against the wall in the corner!

This building is also featured on the cover of Alex Beam's book: "Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital"
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12 Monkeys Powerplant [24 Jan 2008|09:39am]

I always liked this photo because it shows why I love powerplants - the scale of the turbine rooms is just incredible. This powerstation is located in one of my favorite mid-atlantic cities and was one of the many abandoned locations used during the filming of the movie 12 Monkeys -(there is a 12 monkey's stencil tag spraypainted on the back of the building.)

This neighborhood is rather rough - 22% of the homes in it are abandoned and 47% of families live below the poverty line. The way we had to get in the morning I took this photo in the spring of 2006 was also pretty rough. This place was welded up tight except for a tiny hole that stood about 10 feet directly over my head. Thanks to the Harm City boys for making this a memorable trip.

info and photos on Forbidden Places:  http://www.forbidden-places.net/urban-exploration-westport-power-plant

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Danvers State Hospital [23 Jan 2008|02:23pm]

I thought it appropriate that the first post to be a photo of the location that got me into exploring asylums. Danvers State Hospital was built in 1874 and was one of the most beautful and nortorious of the kirkbrides. The pre frontal lobotomy was said to have been perfected here and local legend names the location (Hawthorne Hill in Danvers, MA) as the site of the hanging of those accused during the Salem Witch trials.  In 2006, after 132 years, most of the wards of the building were torn down and the adminstative section in the middle was gutted, roof torn off, and the back totally demolished, along with the rest of the complex's buildings, to make way for a new condo development. The company responsible - Avalon Bay - was the same company that bought and demolished Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham.

This photo was taken around 3am on a very cold night in late 2005 on the evening before the fence was put up and the demolishion process began. This was my last trip to see Danvers as it was, I choose to not go back once demo began. This photo is a pano of three seperate pieces taken that night while i was sitting on the roof top of the Bonner medical building which sat directly across from the Kirkbride. You can now go visit the ugly new condos along with the little bit of the adminstration that was redeveloped on Kirkbride Drive in Danvers.

for more info on the demo: http://rana--x.livejournal.com/103916.html
John Grays DSH site -   http://www.danversstateinsaneasylum.com
Mott's photos of Danvers - http://www.opacity.us/site22_danvers_state_hospital.htm
Mike Dijitals DSH site - http://www.danversstatehospital.net/
Wiki entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danvers_State_Hospital

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