So one time I went urbexing and...

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Guess who broke into an abandoned mental asylum? Not these kids…

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a particularly daring photo-shoot, in which a few friends and I gave ourselves self-tours of the exterior and interior of the Crownsville MD Hospital. Although we didn’t see any of the famous ghosts or ghouls…We did see several awesome other things-including an overgrown basketball court, several old paintings scattered about on the interior walls, and even an odd pile of animal bones.

Established in 1911 as the ‘Hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland’, the asylum was “an underfunded, overcrowded, state-run mental hospital where African-American patients lived in squalid conditions, were given few helpful treatments and were made the subjects of experiments — possibly against their will.”(x

Within the walls of the asylum, unfortunate patients were subject to malnutrition, horrendously filthy, cramped living spaces, and even common and painful medical procedures such as insulin shock treatments for epilepsy, lobotomies for what doctors referred to as “the feeble minded,” and a common and painful procedure known as pneumoencephalography, where a hole was drilled in the skull to drain fluid from around the brain during the mid-late 1940s. (x)

With thousands of deaths taking place on the hospital’s grounds (many of which are marked by only numbers), it is no wonder why the hospital was dubbed ‘Maryland’s Shame,’ by the Baltimore Sun in series of articles published 1948-1949. (x)

Crownsville State Hospital sits empty now, locked up since July 2004. The rusting window grates that once held patients in keep trespassers out. 

Well, most of them, anyway…

For more pictures featuring the inside of the asylum, please check out my friend’s flicker page. (x)

Text
Photo
Quote
Link
Chat
Audio
Video