A Nurse’s School was established at Westborough in 1891, and the first female doctor at the hospital was appointed as assistant physician in 1893. but a lake? It would be great if we could use this forum or perhaps get an email chain going to start some dialogue on this place? This hallway would be as close as some patients would get to nature. Ceiling light fixtures sit on a broken gurney. The Westborough State Hospital was an mental hospital built near Lake Chauncy in Westborough, Massachusetts. I had an ancestor Emilie Johanna Sofia Laurin who was a patient there (on the census it describes the patients as “inmates”) around the 1920’s. They are actually scheduled to tear down the buildings, the town has plans to put something more lucrative in its location. Fantastic Pictures Show a Now Abandoned Children’s Hospital … I think it’s a shame all these places are being torn down- it may not be the general public’s favorite subject but this is an important part of social and medical history- as well as the architectural preservation. Westborough State Hospital Reuse Committee In July 2014, Town purchased the former Westborough State Hospital property from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Near the Day Rooms in the Paying Patient ward. Note: All content, photographs, stories and depictions at least 3 years old. The last line, “birth,” indicated the patient gave birth at the asylum. The theater had a projection booth in the rear, though the movie projector was gone. They were treated with love and respect, had 3 good meals every day and NEVER were abused. Today, the hospital looks almost exactly as it did that day. The school’s population swelled since its opening, prompting a large expansion to the building in 1848, and by 1858 there were over 590 inmates. On one particular summer visit a small hole within the fence line provoked itself to Jen like a welcome sign beckoning her to sneak inside. I am trying to understand the outside of something that, at the time, I had a very limited view of. Conditions in the wards were, to put it mildly, deteriorating. It’s demolished now. It’s common sense that yes these buildings may be structurally unsafe, but that’s a risk I would be well willing to take to see the inside. Condition when discharged: Not Improved (Died) In Oct. 2001, I visited Westborough with my maternal uncle and cousins and gave the album plus a patient’s water color of the Superintendent’s house to the Westborough Historical Society. I’m searching for anything I can find. It was designed to integrate a preexisting, and recently vacated, reform school for boys. Births, changes in diagnosis, and for some, death. The hospital was added to … given an aerial photo of WSH, which building is the daniel building? The doors were heavy, he heard an orderly say, to keep the drafts out. Need more mental facilities. Westborough is perhaps best known as the second homeopathic hospital for the insane in the United States and the first example of institutional reuse in the nation. The staff I worked with were great.I have a lot of great memories. I would start with the state records office and/or the local genealogical society. We (grandchildren) were not allowed to call them ‘patients’.. You may NOT reproduce this content without permission. where to start. They were ‘the ladies’. i just don’t understand why you would want to tear these down, this a place of history and there is so much history in these buildings… why no express that! A Merrill Piano from Boston, in the Recreation Room of the Front Dorm. The photos seem kind of like a history written entirely in the nominative absolute. In doing some family research, I know my father’s cousin was admitted in the 1930s and spent his entire life there. Westborough State Hospital, also known as The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, is a Psychiatric Hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts.The NPI Number for Westborough State Hospital is 1740358878. The highlight of that would be seeing deers. My father didn’t know why he was admitted; I remember he mentioned epilepsy???! Westborough State Hospital officially closed its doors in 2010, with remaining patients and services relocated to the new psychiatric hospital built in Worcester. horrible place. It was only a chapel during the State Reform School days, from 1853-1884. Jobs available. Westborough Insane Hospital, NRHP Registration Form. As health care providers know (and I am not one) today’s mentally ill who do not have family to care for them are homeless or in prison. The current location address for Westborough State Hospital is Westborough State Hospital, 288 Lyman Street, Westborough, Massachusetts and the contact number is 508-616-2100 and fax This is a giant piece of history, and many people like myself would do anything to receive permission to get inside. Under the direction of the Dept. Well, decayed. I also remember the rows of hydrotherapy tubs and in an adjoining room the electroshock (ECT) facilities. Westborough State Hospital is located in Westborough, MA 01581-0288. If you’re interested in anything that happened in these places, I’d be glad to share my stories. The auditorium was named after him (Dr. Walter Emery Lang) a few years after his death in 1949. Unlike other administrators, he fully embraced homeopathy as an attempt to cure mental illness. We spent a lot of time there. The total number of beds available in Massachusetts is 20882, big hospital in Massachusettsaccording to number of beds is MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL with 1035 beds located in BOSTON city, smallest hospital in Massachusetts according to number of beds is LAHEY MEDICAL CENTER - PEABODY, with 10 beds located in PEABODY. I often wonder about the people who worked here or who were placed here and the stories they have to tell. Just notions, and an overwhelming love for Apple Pie Day. I visited there many times as a child and called the Operations(?) My mother worked there as a Registered Nurse on the 7-3 shift in the 80’s and up till 1990. Something to prepare me for a future in the industrial world depicted elsewhere on this site. Westborough State Hospital, originally “Westborough Insane Hospital”, was a historic hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts, which sat on more than 600 acres. Not knowing what this place was or is, I was fascinated by the landscapes, buildings, and was very curious of the history. It was not wholly discontinued however, and instead moved a few miles away to become the Lyman School for Boys, where a cottage-style system was employed which would make handling such a large number of inmates easier. They took 3+ years of my life. At the nurse’s station is a note that some of the rooms on that level have no bed, if there was a need to deprive a patient of their frame and mattress. Then all of a sudden around 1910 he was divorced and in Westborough. So much pain and suffering occurred in these facilities, but as a psychiatric nurse, I’m sure moments of kindness and joy happened as well. This was no longer in operation when i was there, partly because it was considered exploitative to use patient’s labor. I would ride my bike freely all over the place. An innovative model for state hospitals was implemented at Westborough during the renovation, which was the congregate dining hall. Number of Beds 220. On Aug. 1 she held a lecture at the Westborough Public Library to discuss the book, which she started researching in 2010. 559 likes. 6,956. Every asylum I’ve every documented has a shuffleboard game painted on the floor. Thanks everyone and I will provide an email to anyone who wants to start some dialogue. My grandmother spent time as a patient here, how would I go about looking for records? For Westborough Insane Hospital, emphasis in the name was meant to be on ‘hospital’ versus ‘asylum’, as the early planners emphasized: Unlike the hospitals from which the patients were transferred, bearing infamous names like these patients could expect to be treated with massage, bed rest, and hydrotherapy instead of psychoactive or sedative medicine. my mother and her 2 sisters were committed to westboro various and many times from the 40’s through the 70’s. June Ryan November 21,2020 The Registered Agent on file for this company is Jon Maynard and is located at 6 John St Apt B, North Chelmsford, MA 01863. Punishing us for being interested in seeing history up close and personal, is just asking for people to take risks and trespass, and potentially get hurt because they are not accounted for. I have many memories of the hospital and the bar….. At the time I was a fifteen year old girl, the horror stories I have to tell will sound unbelievable. Very tired tonight. My great grandmother was a patient there as well and died at Westborough State in 1935, I think not long after she was taken there. The picture that showed all the blue cards on the desk that had patient information on them — what happened to those items? Westborough State Hospital Memorial. I was a psychology intern here in 1980. Where might I records of my mother at WEstboroough in the 1950″s. Any information would be helpful. Westborough followed the unique and sometimes bizarre treatments employed at Middletown, which included massage, hydrotherapy, plenty of rest (even if the patient was unwilling), and specialized diets of hypnotics and sedatives. The women of the hospital made clothes for the other patients. Sad to see what has happen to the place, torn down for low income apartments, such a waste I feel. Opacity is dedicated to documenting various abandoned places through both text and photographs; recording their transformations through time before they are demolished. When he was coming and going from his room, or if the nurses let him sit on his bed, he could see into the Recreation Room outside his door’s window. It broke my heart to read of the state of things at the former Westboro State Hospital. This was fine for Joseph, he thought, because he did not have any thoughts. The manager in charge of the house invited us to comend tour the public areas of the house, a great opportunity to trigger many of my uncle’s recollections. More information such as phone number, address, owner, services, ratings and quality data are also available. Dedicated to preserving the memory of Westborough State Hospital, and the lives of the patients and staff who lived and worked there. Both parents worked their till the closing which started during september 09″. Nicer than the ward. Here is a photo of when it was actually a chapel. The glare of the sunset made their long shadows look almost human. In case you were wondering what a day in the life of a patient was like in the later years…. Apparently there was a lake, but in the early 70’s I knew nothing about it. It would be great to find more info about her if anyone has anything or suggestions. State Homeopathic Asylum for the Insane in Middletown. Please email me for more information bigwordsscience@gmail.com, postscript There were a few fun times, but they in no way outweighed the bad. I live in Southborough and would love to grab a coffee with anybody who knew about this place or has stories. The Westborough State Hospital, formerly known as the Westborough Insane Hospital, was the second homeopathic hospital for the insane in the United States. More than 1,700 patients resided here by the end of World War II, at the same time many of the nurses and staff were involved in the war effort. Remember the yard sale they would set up for the patient and community. The story of Jeremy Lally was inferred from ward maps that I found while I was exploring the hospital. On the recent topographical maps, it is identified as the “Westborough State Hospital” complex. We did make an impact on the pts lives to some degree, by just showing human kindness to people who really hadn’t experienced it before. NRHP Registration Form. It was the first livery service from Lexington to Boston. Jeremy Lally had two good views. Hello all, is there any information on a fire that may have had casualties? The scraps of narrative provide the verbs. In 1945, the patient population reached 1,730 though its capacity was only 1,332. My mother, Theresa Nava Mooar worked at the hospital as a dietician for adult 18 Year’s prior to her death in 1965. I 100% agree. Some of the best people i’ve ever known. Compact State NO. The puddle of pee on the floor stinks. The book is part of the series, Images of America, and is published by Arcadia Publishing. Hi Christy, When were you there? again, thank you. The campus was constructed on farmland sold to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Lovett Peters. My grandmother work there for 40 years. I have photos of him as a child and he looked like any happy kid. The property expanded to over 650 acres, much of it used for farming to keep the hospital’s food supply freshly stocked until the program was ended in the 1970s. my other aunt literally ‘ran away’ from westboro in the 60’s when inmates could write a letter of appeal for release after being unvoluntarily hospitalized for 3 days. way too many stories and pictures screaming to be given meaning, Hello, I am writing a book concerning the reality of state hospital living. All ‘Not Improved’. I discovered that my great grandmother was a patient here from 1896 to 1906. I really like the way this high-ceilinged room is decaying. The current location address for Westborough State Hospital is 288 Lyman St, , Westborough, Massachusetts and the contact number is 508-616-2100 and fax number is 508-616-2875. Mental health issues were treated differently in the early days of the hospital's existence; its first name, the Westborough Insane Hospital is one that modern day society would never accept. Had to be.push out the only home they new shame on the state cause of money short falls Oh well that progress I guess they.landed in the jails in streets and murdered innocent people. I would love to speak with you. Westborough State Hospital is an abandoned state mental institution in Massachusetts. Would she be willing to share? Thanks for putting together a virtual space where I could come and ask my own questions of history. That’s a complicated question, Victoria. The windows were thick and strung tight with wire, his last roommate whispered, to keep your thoughts in the room. State License Fee $275. Grafton State Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Grafton, Massachusetts that operated from 1901 to 1973. The Department of Youth Services still occupies the building all the way in the back with the barbed wire, the newer girls facility off of Lyman Street and the Large Admin building that you see from the street. With an unlimited supply of free labor, the institution was able to support itself using its inmates to farm and cook the food, wash the laundry, clean the wards and make supplies ranging from shoes to furniture (as was also customary in state mental hospitals up through the 1950s). The scenic views of Lake Chauncy and hilltop location were also extremely favorable, in that it conformed to the popular idea that an idyllic environment was essential to curing mental illness at the time. Wards I and J for chronic disturbed patients and a large kitchen building were added to the main complex in 1906 using narrow passages to connect them. Unused portions of the campus were closed off and left to decay. The parcel includes approximately 43 structures totaling approximately 550,000 SF of historic buildings and historic landscape areas, and is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Located near the Westborough State Hospital was the Grafton State Hospital. The Brigham Farm, later the Peter Farm, was purchased in 1846 for the State Reform School, later the State Hospital (1885). The women’s ward had a player piano in it, likely a donation. Most doctors and attendants had left to fight overseas in World War II, and this inadequate staffing resulted in the death of some as several criminally insane women murdered their fellow patients. Westborough State Hospital. My grandfather was superintendent from 1919 to 1946, when he had to retire due to a series of strokes. If her family did not take the child, it would have gone to one of the State Schools, like the one at Belchertown (which I wrote about here). I would greatly appreciate it. While the concern was real, the sign was a source of consternation for confused, psychotic patients. …when injection molding was the new thing that everyone was experimenting with. The company's File Number is listed as 001372698. 1993. I find it fascinating reading these comments. The state originally planned to close the Westborough State Hospital in 2012, after a new psychiatric hospital is built in Worcester. At least preserve one. I’m trying to find any information I can on Charles Walcott. It was a revolving door. I grew up on these grounds as a child. She was 45. The State Reform School was opened in November, 1848. Hi Judy, my grandfather was a patient during the time your grandfather was a superintendent. thanks, The square building closest to lyman street. Founded to help preserve Westborough State Hospital as it approaches redevelopment. In all of the darkness there, there was also love. Westborough State Hospital has 220 beds. In 1859, a massive fire set by one of the boys engulfed much of the building. I was a chaplain there in the early 80’s and remember many of the residents there. These folks didn’t ask to be born mentally ill. It looks like an airplane when viewed from Google Earth. I had the impression that residents may have had addiction issues rather than or in addition to mental illness. Whether that will be the case at Westborough, we will see. Down the street was bar on Route 9 called The Chezamie and she would go there every day after work to unwind. In today's video we go back to Summer of 2018 when I visited the historic Westborough Psychiatric Center. Use for recreational activities in you mothers story and information working there marrying, and recently vacated, school. 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