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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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No Smoking

No Smoking – The Halls of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

One of the creepy halls in the former Weston State Psychiatric Hospital in West Virginia. This old Kirkbride building has had quite the history and is a great place to photograph. The main building is so large it is just about impossible to get the entire structure in one shot.  originally designed to hold 250 people, it became overcrowded in the 1950s with 2,400 patients. It was forcibly closed in 1994 due to changes in treatments of patients.

Currently there are historic tours of the complex and various events throughout the year. I have visited the place a few times and each visit it seemed more had been cleaned up and renovated, taking away the old feel of the building. The complex is mammoth and really sticks out in the small city of less than 5,000 people.

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