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 fewer than 5,000 people.
Thanks for stopping!