Photo: "Patient Wing at Sunrise"

 
 

Inside one of the patient wings of a former Alabama State Hospital, at sunrise. 

This asylum opened in 1861 and remained in operation for over 100 years. In 2010, the University of Alabama purchased the property and demolished most of the hospital's wings, keeping only the administration section of this historic relic. 

Photo: "Inside An Isolation Cell"

Ever wonder what it would be like to be in seclusion, inside a psychiatric hospital? This room is designed as an isolation cell for patient's that suffered from the more problematic mental diseases or ones that rendered them dangerous to themselves or others. 

The windows in the door gave the nurses a way to check on the patients. The top window gave a view of the full room and the lower window would give a nurse eyes on a patient who was hiding against the door. 

Sadly, this asylum has since been demolished...

Photo: "Isolation Room Shadows"

Daylight seeps into the hallway from one of the isolation rooms in this Alabama Asylum constructed in the late 1800's. 

The shadows on the way are caused by slats in the doors of the isolation rooms. These slats allowed nurses to check on patients and also allow air flow into the room during very hot and humid summer months many years before air handling units were installed. 

Photo: "Isolation 920B"

Bryce State Hospital was one of the most beautiful asylums I have visited. Most of the architecture was fairly plain within the wards, but the decay was beautiful and there were elements in this building I had never seen before. 

Sadly, the wings of this 1850's era building were demolished in 2014, when the nearby University purchased the property. The Administration section of the building remains, and will likely be turned into a museum, but the wards that hold the patient's history are gone forever.