|The buildings of this site|
are easily seen up-close from
nearby public streets and roads
and public spaces, and from the
parkland located on the grounds.
for maps and information
on building tours.
Like many mental institutions from the era, it started with a single Kirkbride building (and a few related service buildings). The north wing was for female clients, and the south wing was for male clients. The grand center wing, unfortunately replaced in the 1960s, housed administration. This Kirkbride still stands and has been known for many years as Building 50. Now known as "The Village", it has recently been saved from threatened demolition (thanks to the Committee to Preserve Building 50 and other concerned citizens), and is undergoing restoration and renovation. When the Kirkbride plan fell out of favor at the end of the 19th century, several "cottages" were constructed at the state hospital according to the philosophy of the time. The operation included extensive farm operations which were closed in the 1950s. The grave of a world champion milk cow remains on the grounds. The institution (at the end called a regional psychiatric hospital) closed in 1989 as part of a nationwide trend in de-institutionalization of the mentally ill which had causes including changes in the overall philosophy of treatment, advances in medicine, and government budget concerns.
Link here: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~asylums/northern_mi/
Wikipedia Entry For Traverse City State Hospital
Video Tour Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AnHxGjmA7E
Forgotten Children Hall18, Hall7 - Where Buffalo Roam - Traverse City State Hospital
Photographer Heidi Johnson snapped these haunting images
Another site with several photos
More Interesting Links Regarding The Traverse City State Hospital
Death Of Retarded Patient 1971
The Lawsuit against the TCSH
Interesting Comment Section
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