The parcel includes approximately 43 structures totaling approximately 550,000 SF of historic buildings and historic landscape areas, and is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. My sister and I have heard many stories and have some family photos of that time. In Oct. 2001, I visited Westborough with my maternal uncle and cousins and gave the album plus a patient’s water color of the Superintendent’s house to the Westborough Historical Society. My mother Marion Carlton worked there in the 80’s and the stories she told.A lot of the babies born there were children of the male staff.There were rapes,ice soaks , electric shocks committed on patients ,a lot of abuse.It was also written in a book called “Insane Aslym” Some of these bones were burnt as well. Ceiling light fixtures sit on a broken gurney. It looks like an airplane when viewed from Google Earth. Grafton State Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Grafton, Massachusetts that operated from 1901 to 1973. The fences helped discourage patients from throwing themselves down the stairs. A maintenance worker let me into one of the closed wings of the main building to look around. At Westborough State Hospital the "Chapel" was never actually a chapel while the hospital was in operation. The oldest buildings were partially closed off and otherwise used for administration. I have photos of him as a child and he looked like any happy kid. The Westborough State Hospital, formerly known as the Westborough Insane Hospital, was the second homeopathic hospital for the insane in the United States. Need more mental facilities. Unlike other administrators, he fully embraced homeopathy as an attempt to cure mental illness. However I did learn a lot here and experienced so much that I have taken with me throughout my life. The staff I worked with were great.I have a lot of great memories. In 1859, a massive fire set by one of the boys engulfed much of the building. View All. It was part of my childhood and I would love to roam the old buildings. At his retirement, patients and staff presented him with an oversize album in which photographs were posted of the many activities on the ‘campus’, patient and staff alike, often together. All names, including his, were changed, if only to keep them off of search engines. In the pre-war years, before the advent of psychoactive medication, there was no real means of sustaining schizophrenic patients in the community. That’s a complicated question, Victoria. way too many stories and pictures screaming to be given meaning, Hello, I am writing a book concerning the reality of state hospital living. Some of the best people i’ve ever known. Have you had any success getting any records from those periods? I’m so proud of my grandparents. You can phone me at 619-224-3275, Hi Cindy my great grand father was a patient there from 1910 – 1944. Each patient had a card of record that reported major events. In today's video we go back to Summer of 2018 when I visited the historic Westborough Psychiatric Center. Some of the old school was demolished and a new section was appended to the original main building, which included a large wing extending to the east, creating common areas such as the chapel and dining hall, and beyond that was a new administration building. When we visited the grounds in 2001, we learned that the Superintendent’s House was being used as a halfway house for patients preparing for full release. I thought I might leave a photo here of something that I had with me when I walked away…an id card of sorts from westboro state hospital industries with my work assignment and hours. The state hospital system was intended to be self-sufficient and Westborough had a pig farm which provided both meat and sheltered occupation for those patients who could work at least part of the time, in between episodes of acute illness. Near the Day Rooms in the Paying Patient ward. In case you were wondering what a day in the life of a patient was like in the later years…. This is looking where the projector lens would have been at the stage. Particularly when many of the towns are bulldozing these amazing, historical buildings with unmarked grave areas to allow developers to build overpriced cookie cutter style condos- it’s not right. Around the corner in the Recreation Room waited a piano from the Merrill Piano Company, which was shipped here in the early 1900s from Boston. That place didn’t help at all, if anything made my problems worst. Westborough State Hospital Reuse Committee In July 2014, Town purchased the former Westborough State Hospital property from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I worked in the clinical lab for 23 yrs saw alot of inprovements in patients care success. Down the stairs from where psychiatric patients sewed their clothing together, another trace of Westborough’s past was left behind. Located near the Westborough State Hospital was the Grafton State Hospital. I have many memories of the hospital and the bar….. At the time I was a fifteen year old girl, the horror stories I have to tell will sound unbelievable. WESTBOROUGH — Crews are demolishing the last remaining part of the former Westborough State Hospital on Lyman Street as Pulte Group replaces it with a sprawling over-55 development with 700 units. The campus area was located between Lyman Street and Chauncy Lake. with all the downsizing starting in the 70’s it was very hard to find suitable care for my mother. ! Maybe if there was some kind of waiver explorers and photographers could sign, stating that they know the risks of entering the buildings and are fully accountable. In 1945, the patient population reached 1,730 though its capacity was only 1,332. the urban explorers do not condone vandalism or destruction of property we leave only footprints. It was not wholly discontinued however, and instead moved a few miles away to become the Lyman School for Boys, where a cottage-style system was employed which would make handling such a large number of inmates easier. James Malloy, Town Manager, Westborough, MA. The highlight of that would be seeing deers. Looking toward the Female Infirmary Ward from the long, glass, Conservatory hallway. Like many other state hospitals across the country, Westborough entered a steep decline by the 1940s due to overcrowding. Behind his bed, if he stretched his neck a little, the covered walkway and solarium was just barely visible. At the moment, located on the land is Tufts, which is a graduate school for Veterinary Students and also a veterinary hospital for numerous types of animals. this hospital is a goldmine for beautiful photography it is a shame that mr malloy has fought against such artistic ambitions. Any advice appreciated It would be great if we could use this forum or perhaps get an email chain going to start some dialogue on this place? Every asylum I’ve every documented has a shuffleboard game painted on the floor. She and my grandfather took in 2 of the patients. In which my mother contributed events.Due to her telling all she was threatened and forced to leave. My visit here is a lot like translating the aorist tense…full of decisions about bringing out the continuous or the completed aspect. The scenic views of Lake Chauncy and hilltop location were also extremely favorable, in that it conformed to the popular idea that an idyllic environment was essential to curing mental illness at the time. So she was glad to leave but felt sorry for the one’s left behind. They were ‘the ladies’. While the concern was real, the sign was a source of consternation for confused, psychotic patients. Please do not enter these buildings, they are structurally unsafe and contain hazardous materials. of Mental Health, Westborough State Hospital was responsible for providing care and treatment for mentally ill persons in Massachusetts. In doing some family research, I know my father’s cousin was admitted in the 1930s and spent his entire life there. Founded to help preserve Westborough State Hospital as it approaches redevelopment. Westborough State Hospital officially closed its doors in 2010, with remaining patients and services relocated to the new psychiatric hospital built in Worcester. Westborough State Hospital. I found some partial answers. The former City Architect of Boston was assigned to rework the 1876 reform school into a new campus for what were referred to at the time as ‘the insane’. They took 3+ years of my life. With an unlimited supply of free labor, the institution was able to support itself using its inmates to farm and cook the food, wash the laundry, clean the wards and make supplies ranging from shoes to furniture (as was also customary in state mental hospitals up through the 1950s). Hi Chimera, I am writing a historical book about what actually went on in state hospitals. Several buildings were added during this period, including a mortuary, staff housing, and Talbot House, a striking Colonial Revival building designed by Rand, Taylor, Kendall and Stevens (Rand also designed the iconic Kirkbride building at Worcester). Hi , I worked there from 1989-1995. Paying Patient Ward–where capable patients were separated from wards of the state. Walkthrough State NO. horrible place. Admitted: Dec. 27, 1931 Discharged: Sept. 18, 1932 sometimes I see the other people and wonder about them The property expanded to over 650 acres, much of it used for farming to keep the hospital’s food supply freshly stocked until the program was ended in the 1970s. Though the hospital’s methods were controversial, especially of enforced bedrest, the hospital touted a relatively high recovery rate compared to the other state hospitals into the turn of the century. I would ride my bike freely all over the place. Please email me for more info @bigwordsscience, Apologies firstname.lastname@example.org is my email. Ok it was a real life experience. I was there almost a decade before you and knew the place mostly from the inside of daniel 2. It would be great to find more info about her if anyone has anything or suggestions. The building you say is the Lyman building is the building we’d use for recreational activities. I 100% agree. But then you look at the assigned meaning instead of really seeing . Westborough State Hospital has 220 beds. Reconstruction of the school resulted in the creation of a “correctional addition,” which was essentially a prison for the most ill-behaved older boys. Note: All content, photographs, stories and depictions at least 3 years old. After the war ended, staffing barely kept up with rising populations of patients. Remember the yard sale they would set up for the patient and community. Between 1885 and 1886 several wards were added to the former school, and a the center of the jail-like building was demolished and rebuilt to include more common space, air, and light. Architects Elias Carter of Springfield and James Savage of Southborough were employed to design a building which emanated strength and security without the unpleasantness of the appearance of a prison, and designed an Italianate-style brick building with symmetrical towers and Greek Revival accents. I had the impression that residents may have had addiction issues rather than or in addition to mental illness. Superintendent Uncle Raymond. Two satellite colonies for quiet chronic patients were established on the south shore of Lake Chauncey, which were the Warren Farm Colony for Men (1903) and the Richmond Colony for Women (1903). Granted, treatments like hydrotherapy and bed rest were likely to be forced. I visited there many times as a child and called the Operations(?) When he was coming and going from his room, or if the nurses let him sit on his bed, he could see into the Recreation Room outside his door’s window. My great grandmother was a patient during that time as well. The current location address for Westborough State Hospital is Westborough State Hospital, 288 Lyman Street, Westborough, Massachusetts and the contact number is 508-616-2100 and fax The graveyard they would set up for the other side to get.... 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