Rockland State Hospital (2016 Visit) Part #1
This once 600-acre mental asylum once housed 11,000 patients within its lush acreage and winding paths. A psychiatric hospital that once considered lobotomies and electroshock therapy as a first-rate treatment for the mentally ill. Now, part of the vast semi-abandoned buildings has found the wrecking ball for a different type of electroshock therapy. About 60 acres of land will become a banking data center built by the financial Wall Street juggernaut, JPMorgan Chase. A 150,000 sq ft data center will sit on the grounds where patients actually made the hospitals furniture and ran some of its facilities such as the power plant, farm and shops. As of now that facility has been built paved by the way of $40 million dollars in demolition and cleanup costs.
I ventured inside the many buildings unused since the hospital began cutting back during the 1970s. As of now, the Rockland Psychiatric Center still treat patients with maniacal depression and severe cases of schizophrenia. On many visits, I explored as much of the buildings and grounds via the underground tunnels layered underneath the sprawling buildings on the vast campus. Those who visited the facility found that most of the buildings were boarded and secured but a few entrances at different locations provided entry points that allowed unfettered access to the many buildings throughout the campus.
I explored the morgue, various cafeterias, housing and medical offices found around the campus.
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