Located in Crownsville, MD, just near Annapolis, stands the former insane asylum for the “Negro Insane”. There is a group that wants to transform, while still preserving the historic buildings, the former hospital into a new center for those with mental, physical, or behavioral challenges. This is exactly what I want to have happen with asylums. Conserving their history and putting the facilities to good use. They are looking for volunteers to write letters and support their cause. I know I will!
While this is a very new idea, it has come to my attention what I need to do with my life…preservation-wise.
Almost all of the insane asylums in America are demolished, leaving no traces of history behind. I would love to save these buildings in particular and transform them into museums. This both creates jobs and going-out ideas for the communities surrounding the asylums.
It’s just a preliminary idea…what do you think?
Over the past year, Speak Up for Buildings, has grown in followers and in information provided. I have worked very hard to balance my schoolwork, social life, and my passion for historic preservation. As I find out what college I am going to, based on my acceptances/rejections, I will, regardless of the outcome, continue to blog for y’all. My initial plans for this organization was to get people to rally for good, preservation causes. I have yet to establish that….
I was thinking that once I live in the city/town where my college is based out of, I would get in contact with the local historical society and go from there. And yes, my dreams of saving buildings will still, and always will be, my passion. I would still like to make it my career, but it all depends on what job opportunities are available at the time.
I really do appreciate you guys following my experiences as I learn more and more about this industry. Though I may not make headlines any time soon, it’s always comforting to know that I make headlines on your news feed on Facebook/Twitter.
So, tell your friends. We are gaining more and more followers each and every day. This is going to be a fun and exciting journey, I can just tell
This might turn out to be a rant, of some sort. When I try and rant, it comes off as being more of a collection of statements that run all together and have no cohesive thought process — but here we go…
Preservation. What a word. Even on its own, it is a complex, multidimensional term that is often misunderstood. According to Google, preservation means:
September 15, 2013 marked the 102th anniversary of one of my most visited places on Earth — Pennsylvania Station, otherwise known as Baltimore Penn Station. This iconic building is in between the Mt. Vernon and Station North neighborhoods. Originally named Union Station, it was renamed in 1928.
I travel to Penn Station every weekend. I thoroughly enjoy the interior, where I wait for the 135 every Saturday evening at 8:50 PM, which is always late but that’s beside the point. I love the interior and exterior styles, and the attitude the place seems to carry. I’ve spent many a hours in there, probably 3 days worth by now. As you can tell from the photo, there is a statue/thing of man, but if you turn it to the side, there is a woman. Pretty neat, huh?
Once located in Danvers, Massachusetts, the State Lunatic Hospital was built in 1878. It stood out due to its unique architecture and pointy spires that seemed to stick out everywhere. To me, it’s a classic Gothic-meets-Victorian themed building. At the time, is was constructed in a rural, out-of-the way location — most likely for a reason. Asylums were generally put in the middle of nowhere, so that if a patient escaped, they would have no where to go, or they’d be running for quite a while before they hit some form of civilization. In the 1920′s, Danvers was running school clinics to help determine mental deficiency in children.
By the 1960′s, the increase in deinstitutionalization lead to the decrease in inpatients at Danvers. The hospital closed on June 24, 1992 because of budget cuts in the mental health system. Danvers State Hospital was registered with the National Register of Historic Places, but, that did not stop it from demolition. It began in 2006.