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Featured Image Of The Week

Seaside Regional Center was designed by Cass Gilbert for the use of teaching the state's mentally handicapped children. It was later 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.