really sad

It is truly a strange thing when a steam pipe bursts under an abandoned building in the dead of winter, but that’s exactly what happened under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital in 2007, a month before the building was unceremoniously knocked down.  The steam congregated near the ceiling of the abandoned asylum infirmary, condensing on the pipes and dripping down in regular patterns - and creating these ice stalagmites.  An hour after taking this photograph, demolition workers came into the building and chased us through the tunnels; we had to hide in an attic in 0 degree weather for hours while cops searched for us.  The next time I drove out there, there was no trace that a building had ever stood in this spot.

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Wooden wheelchair in the elevator under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital.  Sadly, in 2007, this building and the rest of the complex it was connected to were bulldozed; the space is currently just a patch of grass.

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This was the library in Worcester State Hospital’s administrative building, colloquially known as the Clocktower.  Most of the light in this photograph - which was a four-minute-long exposure - came from a crack in the board over the window at left.  Sadly, the Clocktower was razed in 2012.  For more on this historic asylum, check out my blog.

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One of the great arches that line the halls of Greystone Park State Hospital, photographed at sunrise.  Perhaps the most recognizable feature of the wards of this grand asylum, the largest continuous-foundation building in America until the construction of the Pentagon, these arches provided patients both with an ample dose of sunlight and a place to socialize.  Just about every ward in the building had an arch such as this at its midpoint; Woody Guthrie likely hung out in one when he spent years on the wards here.  Sadly, the arches will fall with the rest of the building soon; Greystone has been slated for demolition by the Powers That Be in New Jersey.