Richmond State Hospital (IN)

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Decided to take a different way to Chicago then usual & went through Richmond Indiana. They were nice enough to take time out to show me the museum & some of the buildings. Unfortunately I was told the 2 wings of the original building will probably be coming down in the near future. The museum is on the 2nd floor of the East Wing, it's pretty much the same as it was when it still had patients up until the 1980s. If they demolish the 2 outer wings, the museum will move to the attic of the admin building.

Couple of the ECT machines, 1 from the 1930s, the other "newer" & from the 1950s complete with mouth guard.
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This was used as a "game room" for the patients, they've set it up with medical equipment from the old hospital/surgery building.
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Some other interior photos

Shuffleboard set up in the hallway, not something I've seen before, but not a bad idea. The woman that was the tour guide said unfortunately it usually caused fights when she worked on this floor.
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Tools and patient made furniture on the sun porch. This was rescued from the demo of the cottages several years ago.
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This was the basement of the main building, they used to keep patients chained up here. I thought it was another tired old story, but they showed me photos from the 1910s.
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The gym, IU still uses it when the university gym isn't available
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Lousy photo, but I had to have one of that horrible green tile! This is in the old medical/surgery building, now used as a school for local kids. This was the operating room.
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And now exteriors. I should mention I was given permission by the hospital to take these, they usually don't allow exterior photos. So if anyone is planning on going out there, be sure to ask before breaking out the camera, there are still patients walking around the grounds.

Front & rear of the Medical/Surgery building.
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Firehouse/carriage house, now used for maintenance.
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Adolescent ward, now probation & Social Security offices
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Former cottage 10 & 11, now drug treatment
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Powerhouse, replaced the old one in the late 1960s
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Most of the cottages have been demolished, only 2 original ones have survived. The main building is the oldest surviving building.

Font & rear of Cottage G & H, now used for employee services.
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Rear of the main building, this was the male & female dining halls with the kitchen in the middle, now used for storage.
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Auditorium/Amusement Hall
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The main building, hard to get a decent photo of it in 1 shot mostly because of the trees. According to annual reports, it was intended to be built as a Kirkbride but there was a fire at Central State that concerned the politicians, & the move to the cottage plan became popular by this time. It does have the central administration with 1 wing setback on either side.

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The recent addition for the elevator, they tried to blend it in with the original architecture
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This is where the admin, both wings and the old kitchen meet with walkways
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Rear porch where the museum is
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Thanks to Mary, my tour guide, for allowing this tour.

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Very Nice! Great photos and info Squad!

Thanks for sharing.
http://www.thomas-industriesinc.com/ - Author of Harrisburg State Hospital (Images of America). Owner of City on the Hill & Danville State Hospital websites.

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I just discovered this very interesting site today.

Thank you so much for sharing these photos. I grew up in Richmond, Indiana, and I always wanted to visit this place!

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Quote:67.173.142.97 Tue 3rd 8:31 pm
I just discovered this very interesting site today.

Thank you so much for sharing these photos. I grew up in Richmond, Indiana, and I always wanted to visit this place!

-J

It is a great old hospital that is on a short list for more layoffs unfortunately. As of last fall the museum was still there, cant say for sure if it still is as of today though.

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My great aunt was here for many years. I hope she wasn't in the basement. Thanks for the pictures so I can see a little of what it was like.

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How do you get permission to take photos?
Do you this its still open to public now?
Do you know of any other asylums in Indiana that are open to the public?

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Quote: Thu 9th 10:35 pm
How do you get permission to take photos?
Do you this its still open to public now?
Do you know of any other asylums in Indiana that are open to the public?

The hospital is still open, although it is still slated to close in the near future. Not sure if they still do tours. The only other hospital that was allowing tours was Logansport State Hospital.

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my mother was in the hospital there most of her life I was taking there as a small child to see herI'm writing a book under lock and keythanking my grandmother for taking the stairs so we would know our momI guess I forgot what it looks like as a small childI did receive her medical chart which was it interestingthanks for the pictures in the informationTheresa Nash Fort Worth Texas


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