Bird’s Eye View

9 04 2012

T2009.002.427.109 Aerial Photograph, Oregon State Hospital, sometime between 1951 and 1973.  Photograph from the collections of the Oregon State Hospital.  Image is taken from the southwestern corner facing towards the northeast.  The large white building at the center is the so-called “J-Building” owing to its shape like the letter “J.”  Today the stem of that “J” has been demolished leaving the oldest part of the building, a “U” shaped section often referred to as the “Kirkbride U”.

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America’s Asylums in Photographs

5 09 2011

OSH Cremains Canister from Payne's book

NPR featured a story on photographer Christopher Payne’s book titled Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals.  Read the article here.  You can see more of Payne’s photographs of Asylums across the country including the Harlem Valley State Hospital, Willard State Hospital, Bolivar State Hospital, Spring Grove State Hospital and more at his website here.