So a while back I mentioned Weston State Hospital in this thread: http://www.opacity.us/forum/viewtopic.php?t=89
Today I finally got to visit!!
The place is amazingly huge, a lot bigger than I imagined. It's also in worse shape than the historical society's photos make it look. One wing of the Kirkbride is crumbling, with huge slabs of stone falling off. All of the buildings have broken windows aplenty, and from what I can see, the inside is in a moderate state of decay. Security says the floors are unstable, but I couldn't see any evidence of that through the windows- who knows though, I hardly got a look. The tuberculosis wing, laundry building, and "family quarters" appear to be in the worst condition.
I didn't go into any of the buildings, as security was present, plus the complex is located in the middle of downtown with a police station less than 100 feet off the grounds. Getting inside will take some cunning, but I'm sure someone with Motts' skills could do it. The buildings are still powered, but I didn't see any evidence of alarms- though that doesn't mean they aren't there.
I shot about 260 pictures, and kept well over 100. Here's some highlights...Click each thumbnail to see the full size pic, and click the resized version again to see an even bigger version.
The Kirkbride in all its glory.
Historical plaque by the main entrance.
According to the security guard, this building housed family members of patients, who apparently had the option of living on the grounds while their loved ones were being treated. West Virginia has so many remote areas, even today, traveling takes twice as long as anywhere else in the country- I can imagine in the olden days, traveling from some spots in the state to Weston took the better part of a week- hence this building
Door inside the train station building.
Kitchen/cafeteria building. Cafeteria is located upstairs, kitchen downstairs.
Maintainance building. The county sheriff's department parks its old and backup cars here. Security tends to hang out in front of this building as well.
Nice brickwork underneath the connecting tunnels, and interesting patterns in the reinforcement bars.
Broken bathroom window in Building 201.
According to Security, the top floor of this building was used for forensics, and the bottom floor contained the patient library. The basement contained what looked somewhat like a ward room, and the building also had a courtyard surrounded by 12-foot fencing topped with barbed wire. Looked like a fence for keeping zoo animals in...
Library windows. This building has the most intact glass of any of them, with well over 90% of it undamaged.
Building 201. I don't know what this building was used for, and neither does security. Likely something related to the medical building.
Library entrance. Interesting shapes in the overhang flanking the door.
Passageway along the side of the library.
Broken window reflecting the Kirkbride and canteen buildings.
In the basement of the library building.
Corner of the library courtyard fence.
Light switch on a pole across from the medical building. I didn't touch it.
Rusty tap on greenhouse watering pipes.
Playground behind the Kirkbride, with empty swingset and remains of basketball court and volleyball net.
An ancient tree reaches for the Kirkbride.
"Square D" safety switch.
Inside one of the "fingers" of the lefmost ward.
The tuberculosis hospital was the worst-looking building I could see inside.
End of one of the wards. The sun was starting to drop at this point, and following pictures became harder and harder to get.
Shower room inside the Kirk.
The outermost wards had these designs sculpted into the stonework.
Glass design above door to the TB hospital.
Big screened porches on the TB hospital.
Clock tower detail.
Spotlight on administration roof, presumably for use in case of an escape.
Cupola on one of the Kirkbride wards.
Map of the groundsSee the full gallery here: http://photobucket.com/albums/e381/fourdoorser/Weston%20State%20Hospital%202-16-06/
Damn did I have fun taking these pics!