Seaside Regional Center

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Seaside Regional Center
Seaside Regional Center
Construction Began 1930
Construction Ended 1934
Opened June 12, 1934
Closed 1996
Current Status Closed
Building Style Single Building
Architect(s) Cass Gilbert
Location Shore Rd. Waterford, CT
Architecture Style Tudor Revival Style that evokes a seaside estate
Alternate Names Seaside Sanatorium

Seaside Geriatric Hospital

Seaside Regional Center for the Mentally Retarded



Seaside Regional Center was designed by Cass Gilbert for the treatment of children with bone and glandular tuberculosis by prolonged exposure to the sun, a procedure called heliotherapy. In 1958 the tuberculosis program ends. In 1959 Seaside reopened as Seaside Geriatric Hospital. In Feb of 1961, admissions to Seaside Geriatric Hospital stopped. In May 1961,it was converted to Seaside Regional Center for the Mentally Retarded under the administration of the Dept. of Health and Office of Mental Retardation. In 1996 facility closed. It was showcased in the expose book named: Christmas in Purgatory, A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation, by Burton Blatt and Fred Kaplan. It was written to show the appalling condition in various state schools. The majority of the institutions shown in the book were not named. Yet, the last chapter within the book did name one institution: Seaside Regional Center. This institution was not named because of anything bad, but that it was an example of how state schools should be run. The book commented on how the staff really cared for the patients there and that there was never a real occasion of overcrowding like in other similar institutions.

Images of Seaside Regional Center[edit]

Main Image Gallery: Seaside Regional Center


Books[edit]

  • Christmas in Purgatory, A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation, by Burton Blatt and Fred Kaplan, 1966.