Milwaukee County Insane Asylum... was it a Kirkbride?

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Quote:Evilavatar Sun 19th 11:34 pm
I figured as much but as it's not my behind if they try to make legal waves I figured I'd be extra careful


I've got no issue with it. It all looks good to me!

Edit: if I don't speak up and say something about legalities and such, then assume I'm fine with it.
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Quote:M-Explorer Mon 20th 12:28 pm


I've got no issue with it. It all looks good to me!

Edit: if I don't speak up and say something about legalities and such, then assume I'm fine with it.



As I enjoy the site and it tends to fulfill my need to look through musty books, old archives, and other odd stuff I tend to like the idea of being careful, I will keep that in mind though

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http://books.google.com/books?id=aPssAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA561&dq=The+institutional+care+o...

On page 851 it seems to describe the building pictured.

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Milwaukee County Hospital For The Chronic Insane. 1878 - 1976.

Northwest view of complex. (The 'north unit' is not pictured; circa 1900 - 1995.)

On once-beautiful parklike setting featuring a spring-fed pond with a small island connected to the mainland by a Japanese bridge under which rowboats could pass. An oak savannah, cinder paths through a wooded ravine with stone staircases. Possibly planned by Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed several parks along Milwaukee's lakefront and Central Park in Manhattan.
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That about settles it for me.

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its called innovation park.

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That is incorrect. Innovation Park is near Hwy 100, south of Watertown Plank Road.

Site of hospitals is north of the Ronald McDonald House, east of County Poor Farm and railroad spur line to power plant, west of Pauper's Cemetery. Near 92nd Street, north of Watertown Plank Rd.

The stone paths through the woods, the "island" and oak savannah are still present. Some building outlines are still visible by Google maps satellite view. The road to the front of the asylum ends in a cul de sac. The cinder road for carriages to back of the North Unit is obscured by tree canopy.

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I think that's the only PC I've seen from there.

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Hi All,
I am researching info on the deserted buildings off of Watertown Plank Road. I have found conflicting information and am hoping that you have some answers. Was it the Agriculture School, or part of the sanitarium?

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Agriculture School
The buildings on the north land that were recently sold are absolutely the old Agriculture School buildings. All of the asylum and sanitarium buildings, which were east of the Agriculture School and north of Watertown Plank Road, as well as the Plank Road School complex and the sprawling recreational gardens that were designed by the designer of the Mitchell Park gardens (remember the sunken garden south of the Domes that existed until 1994?) have been demolished or left to ruin. The sanitarium buildings were all torn down in the mid-to-late '90s, often with little or no notice to the public. The more recent asylum (early 1900's through 1979), the "Northwest Building," which was on 92nd about midway between Watertown Plank and Wisconsin Avenue, was torn down in '94 or '96, if I recall correctly. The only buildings left are the old orphanage, which has been renovated and is now the Milwaukee County Parks Building, and the Muridale Sanitarium, which was essentially the "tuberculosis hospital" (located near the corner of Watertown Plank and Highway 100 (southeast corner). I would not be surprised if many of the old Agriculture School buildings will be demolished rather suddenly and without notice as well, as seems to be the case with the buildings in the area. I always felt it was done to avoid the public outcry as the buildings generally had rather meaningful historical significance.

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The tuberculosis sanitarium was the cream-colored brick building with the network of iron fire escape-like balconies on the hill north of Watertown Plank Road in the 9600 block. It has been gone for fifteen years.

The modern mental health buildings near Wisconsin Avenue were razed to build Froedert Hospital. They were known as the south units.

The water mirror, fountains and extensive parterre gardens on the Mitchell Park Grounds date from 1904 — 1994.

The hand-colored postcard of the boating pond with the Japanese bridge predates the 'north unit'; otherwise the north unit would appear in the photograph. So. We know the picture is before 1898.

We when read of Frederick Law Olmsted and his influence on the Milwaukee park system, there is the 'Grand Necklace Of Parks': Lake, Washington and Riverside. Looking at his other projects from other cities at this point in his career, we see the repetition of the 'rustic' stone staircases, the pond with the Japanese bridge to a picturesque island, the cinder pathways with the hidden promontory and suddenly there is the vista.

Mitchell Park has none of those elements.

Ponds were common on the County Institution Grounds. Not only for their beauty but in the event of a fire the steam pumper located at Wauwatosa Fire Company No. 2 (then located at Watertown Plank Road and aprx 90th Street) would have an adequate water supply.

The institution grounds were in a rural area without municipal water. To this day, there is an independent institution powerhouse. The railroad spur to deliver coal is still discernible in places and the gauge of the track is much smaller than modern railroad track.

As we continue past the powerhouse past the remains of a tennis court, there are a series of concrete barriers to prevent car traffic and the asphalt road becomes a dirt road. Ahead on our right we will see bricks embedded in the ground. Remnants of the County Poor Farm barn. We walk aprx a quarter mile uphill and there are the remaining four buildings of the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy. Designed by Alexander C. Eschweiler.

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Very neat, thank you for sharing this interesting information.

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I wish I had pictures of MCCH
I was in the old Milwaukee County Childrens Home in 1967-68 (I was 14-15 at the time) and knew the County grounds fairly well at that point in time. There's far too much to tell in words here and almost all of the buildings are long demolished. We used to go to religious services in the large main building in the upper picture of what's now called the School of Agriculture, that was part of the Childrens Home in the 1800's. If anybody is interested I could give a tour of the grounds some time and tell you what used to be where. There are many things I have yet to hear people mention and wonder how many know what I do.


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