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Trans Allegheny

Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, formerly the Weston State Hospital in Weston West Virginia is one of the rare old Kirkbride buildings still left in existence. Construction started way back in 1858 and was interrupted by the Civil War. The hospital’s main building is claimed to be one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the United States, and the second largest hand-cut sandstone building in the World, with the only bigger one being in the Moscow Kremlin. This place had a very sad past but is a gem to photograph as I have visited several times, normally concentrating on sights on the inside of the building. I was recently asked if I had any of the building itself so I dug through the archives to find this one and I thought I would post it, this place offers a nice photo tour as well every year on certain dates, well worth it.

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Backed Into The Corner

Backed Into the Corner, Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

 Backed Into The Corner-Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Happy Friday,  thought it was time to pull out something crazy from the archives. This is a shot from a private photo tour in 2011 of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, the former Weston State Hospital, Weston West Virginia.

A few fun facts-

-It was a Kirkbride Style psychiatric hospital that operated from 1864 until 1994

-Originally designed to hold 250 people, it became overcrowded in the 1950’s with 2,400 patients

-The hospital’s main building is one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the United States, The Weston Hospital Main Building, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990

Allot of bad things happened in this building over the years, especially in the years of overcrowding in the 1950’s. This was a shot from one of the many outbuildings at the complex, only accessible on the private photo tours. This is a creepy building to say the least. Just looking at the scene, the weird colored slotted windows, stains on the walls and floors, one hanging light in the corner.  Something tells me it would not be a good room to be backed into the corner when this complex was in operation.

Have a Great Weekend, thanks for stopping!



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