Photo: "Corridor, Forensic Building"

Corridor inside the forensic building at Mayview State Hospital in Pennsylvania. 

This building was responsible for housing the criminally insane, those guilty by reason of insanity, which is one of the reasons the building is very stark and mundane.   

Sadly, this campus was demolished earlier this year.  

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Photo: "Theatre/Gymnasium"

I've been spending a lot of time sorting through images for the website re-design and when I stumbled upon this one last night, I wanted to share it. It's not the most beautiful or technical photograph, but it serves as a great historical photograph of this space just prior to demolition. 

When I had the chance to photograph the location early last year, the demolition process was already underway. In the theatre, many seats had been removed and shoved against the walls and plastic was covering the doorways. 

Photo: "Theatre Seating"

Mayview State Hospital, in Pennsylvania, was in operation for over 100 years. When it was founded, the patient count was around 300, but during the hospital's peak, the patient numbers reached 4,200.

The asylum was officially closed in 2008, but many of the buildings had been abandoned for years prior. 

In 2010, the campus was purchased and in the spring of 2012, campus demolition was already underway. Abatement had already begun inside the main building and a few structures had already been demolished. Inside this theatre, most of the seats had been removed and stacked against the walls, but this small section was still in tact. 

Photo: "Central Staircase"

Central staircase inside the North Annex building at Mayview State Hospital. 


The Mayview campus contained 39 buildings and was constructed on 335 acres. At the hospital's peak in the 1930's, this campus was home to over 4,000 patients.

The hospital closed in 2008, after 115 years of service. The state sold the property in 2010, for just over $500,000, to a company with a plan to turn the property into a "high amenity regional business park."

During this visit in April 2012, many of the buildings had already been demolished. 

Photo: "Weeping"

Mayview State Hospital in Pennsylvania closed in December 2008 after being in operation for over 100 years. At the time of the closure, under 40 patients remained, a drastic difference from the 4,000 patients that called Mayview home at the hospital's peak in the 1930's. 

The North Annex building, shown here, was one of the last buildings on the campus to shut down.