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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Weston, WV by Experience Art International

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3.23 Gigapixels
Date added
May 04, 2014
Date taken
May 03, 2014

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, constructed between 1858 and 1881, is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is purportedly the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin. It was designed by the renowned architect Richard Andrews following the Kirkbride plan, which called for long rambling wings arranged in a staggered formation, assuring that each of the connecting structures received an abundance of therapeutic sunlight and fresh air. The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in 1864 and reached its peak in the 1950's with 2,400 patients in overcrowded and generally poor conditions. Changes in the treatment of mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its closure in 1994 inflicting a devastating effect on the local economy, from which it has yet to recover.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is located in Weston, WV. Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, this West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800’s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the "curative" effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill.
Visit them at www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com Will open in a new tab or window Will open in a new tab or window or find them on Facebook.

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    Experience Art International (May 04, 2014, 07:14AM )

    The sun and clouds were not cooperative on this particular shoot. Next time we will plan for an early morning shoot on a clear, sunny day.

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