Day room inside an ancillary building, circa 1932, at a Tennessee State Hospital.
This power plant was once the driving force behind a Rayon Factory in the Southern State of Alabama.
Construction began on this building at a Georgia State Hospital in 1928. It was named after the hospital's superintendent at the time and remained in operation until 1979.
This was the last location we explored during our trip to the Southern United States last May.
I was so ecstatic to find a mostly in-tact morgue with drawers and doors. I realize that may sound "crazy" to most people, but it's an artifact of these asylums/hospitals that is usually destroyed or full of graffiti.
Inside the Beaunit Rayon Factory power plant in Alabama on a stormy day.
Inside the beautifully green linen room of the Jones Building at Central State Hospital in Georgia.
This building was closed in 1979 after nearly 50 years of operation.
Evening sun light streams into this corridor inside the Administration Building of the Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital in New York.
I wish the outcome had been different. Seeing this beautiful building vanish has broken my faith in politicians and has given me very little hope that many structures like this will be saved in the future years to come. Many Kirkbride structures are already gone and now the Greystone Psychiatric Hospital will be added to the list.
Once the largest contiguous building in the United States, this structure opened in 1876 and was designed to house a few hundred mentally ill patients of New Jersey and the surrounding areas.
This image was shot during blue hour inside the Administration Building at the former Hudson River State Hospital in New York. I really do love this staircase. Sadly, blue hour never lasts as long as I would like, so by the time I took the 3 shots necessary for this pano, it was dark and the blue hue was gone.
Sadly, in a few months, this asylum will be nothing more than dust. Abatement has already begin inside this massive Kirkbride building.
Within four years of this facility opening in the late 1800′s, the hospital was already accommodating 800 patients, though it was only designed to care for 600. At the hospital’s peak, in 1953, Greystone housed over 7,000 patients, many soldiers suffering from PTSD post World War.
Sink inside a patient room inside the Wingdale Wards at the former Harlem State Hospital in New York.
Inside a cell block of the former Essex County Jail in New Jersey.
Corridor inside the Wingdale Wards at Harlem Valley State Hospital.
During my visit last year, I discovered the owners had begun illegal abatement of the property. The State of New York shut down the work being done on the property, but the damage had already been done. Just months before, this building showed evidence of natural decay. The floors were covered in moss and many rooms contained artifacts such as old telephones.
Inside one of my favorite churches on Woodward Ave in Detroit. This house of worship was constructed in 1911 and closed in 1993.
As I was packing up to leave the Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital in New York last spring, I realized I hadn't gotten a shot of this collapsed room, though I had walked right past it earlier in the day. I rushed down a few floors and set up just after the sun set behind the hill and light begun to turn soft.
It's not often I bracket my shots, but I made the decision to quickly snap 3 images of varying exposure, unsure if I would ever edit them together in a composite. Tonight, I finally blended all the images together to help balance the exposure for the bright windows, the room and also the dark collapse.