At one point in history, this was the largest mental institution in the world. Over 13,000 patients and 4,000 staff crowded the halls of this massive complex. One out of every 25 lobotomies was performed here, and in the 40's and 50's, 2,000 patients suffered a fate far worse than death. As deinstitutionalization occurred, the hospital slowly emptied and many buildings were demolished. Although the hospital still functions on a smaller scale, the massive medical/surgical and administration buildings remain abandoned awaiting demolition. A decaying testament to a forgotten era.
The operating room where all lobotomies were performed. Up to 60 patients a day would line up in the hallway outside and wait their turn for almost certain death. One of the most moving places i've ever set foot in
Check out this video if you want to see the operating room while the building was in use. Note the aluminum doorframes, windows and ceiling exhaust fans, some of the few remaining bits of evidence of what happened here.http://youtu.be/gucei5PU_NY