The Hudson River State Hospital, opened on October 18th 1871, and closed in the early 2000's. They started building the buildings in 1868 and finalized the first building in 1871. Though the construction on other buildings continued for 25 years. It was built by Clarvert Vaux and Fredrick Law Olmstead, (the people who created central park) and was part of the Kirkbride plan, which was very popular building style among psychiatric hospitals, and was thought to help the patients because there was lots of natural light and air circulation. The Property was sold in 2015 to a unknown developer. Hudson River treated all mental illness, with people of ages, including babies and children as well as criminally insane. The 296 acres was a self sufficient community with many buildings including, two churches, a morgue, powerhouses, two bowling alleys, auditorium, basketball court and a swimming pool. Now, all the buildings are not in good conditions, and every building has a lot of spray paint, and some floors have caved in. In 2018 the buildings were in early stages of development, they wanted to turn the property into residential and commercial use, most buildings are going to be demolished, and they are going to save Kirkbride and a few of the other historic buildings. The Hudson River State Hospital treatments included straight jackets, electroshock therapy, and lobotomies.
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Access: When I visited, I was quickly spotted and screamed at, and told to leaved the property. Some people say it is gated off and patrolled daily, though I do know some people who have gone recently and didn't have any issues, I think it depends on the day you go.
Rating: in the past, was a 4.5 stars, but now since many people have came and destroyed some of the beauty, and its hard to access so I would now give it 3 stars.