Binghamton State Hospital

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Binghamton State Hospital
Binghamton State Hospital
Construction Began 1858
Construction Ended 1864
Current Status Active
Building Style Cottage Plan
Architect(s) Isaac G. Perry
Location Binghamton, NY
Architecture Style Gothic Revival
Alternate Names
  • Greater Binghamton Health Center (Current)
  • New York State Inebriate Asylum
  • Binghamton Asylum for the Chronic Insane
  • Binghamton State Hospital
  • Binghamton Inebriate Asylum
  • Binghamton Psychiatric Center



History[edit]

The New York State Inebriate Asylum, later known as Binghamton State Hospital, was the first institution designed and constructed to treat alcoholism as a mental disorder. Located in Binghamton, NY, its imposing Gothic Revival exterior was designed by New York architect Isaac G. Perry and construction was completed in 1864. In 1993 the main building was closed due to safety concerns. The asylum appears on both the state and national lists of Historic Places, but it is currently in a state of disrepair and is one of the most endangered historical places in the nation, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997.[1]

In April, 2008, New York State's Legislature allocated $12.45 million for phase one of the Castle renovation.[2]

Books[edit]

  • Drunkard's Refuge: The Lessons of the New York State Inebriate Asylum, by John W. Crowley and William L. White

Images of Binghamton State Hospital[edit]

Main Image Gallery: Binghamton State Hospital


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