Jon Crispin's Notebook

Kalamazoo Asylum for the Insane

Posted in Abandoned Buildings, Architecture, Asylums, Buildings, Travel by joncrispin on 12/12/2014

After my fantastic visit to Wittenberg University I drove up to Kalamazoo, Michigan to visit my great friend Ken Schaefer.  We were taking a tour of Western Michigan University, where he works, and I looked to the south and saw this.  Amazing.  The State Hospital has an interesting history, and dates back to the earliest of New York State’s asylums.  The only building that remains from the original Kirkbride plan buildings is the water tower, and it is huge.

Driving back home tomorrow.  It is about 14 hours and I might break it up back in Erie.  We’ll see.

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  1. chevy49girl said, on 12/12/2014 at 7:42 pm

    You should come visit us in Osawatomie Kansas. The state hospital grounds have some beautiful buildings. It’s shame that some of them are in poor shape. http://www.legendsofkansas.com/osawatomie.html Still operating though. Love your work!


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