This psychiatric hospital opened in 1931 in the suburbs of New York as a way for patients to escape the pollution and noise of the city. It contained a bowling alley, theatre and power plant which helped the complex operate as its own independent complex. The hospital remains in operation, though many of the buildings have been abandoned for years.
Left over bowling shoes in a now abandoned bowling alley that was once part of a New York psychiatric hospital.
This psychiatric hospital in rural New York opened in 1931 with 60 male patients, but had sufficient beds for over 5,000. As with many early psychiatric hospitals, this one also had its own working farm, a power plant, industrial shops and bowling alley inside the Assembly Hall.
Bowling balls left inside the bowling alley of a former New York Psychiatric Hospital.
This bowling alley is part of a rural New York Psychiatric Hospital founded in 1927.
Pool table inside a bowling alley at a 1920's State Hospital, constructed in rural New York to get patients away from the big city. In 1931, the hospital opened with 60 male patients, transferred from another hospital, but at the peak in 1959, the hospital had 7,000 patients and 2,000 residents.
Upon opening its doors in 1904, Norwich State Hospital admitted 95 patients in one single building. Within a few short years patient numbers grew dramatically, causing the hospital to expand. Norwich quickly became a self-sufficient institution, with a power plant, farm, bakery and laboratory as well as a theatre and bowling alley for recreation.