Photo: "Through 1921 Eyes"

 
 

When Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital accepted its first patients in April 1874, they opened the doors to both male and female patients though the original plan was to treat only males. 

The original administration building experienced an attic fire in 1921 and though the patients were safely removed and records preserved, the building was basically destroyed. One portion of the original wings was salvaged, shown here, but the porches and ornamental architecture was removed.

Photo: "Cornerstone"

The Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital was founded in New York, in 1870 as a state asylum for "the care and treatment of the insane and the inebriate upon the principles of medicine known as homeopathic." It was the first hospital of its kind in the United States when it opened in 1874 and during the first year, sixty nine patients were treated at this facility.