One of the large barracks. All of them are overgrown like this.
Looking toward the old power house, right below one of its arteries.
Identical warehouses seem a little newer than the rest of the plant. I suspect these were added in the mid-1950s for the Korean War, during which about 200 buildings were added to the complex.
The hospital was surrounded by walking paths that crisscrossed the front green, as it was called. Part of Kirkbride’s plan was to have ample opportunities for exercise outdoors–fresh air, especially cold fresh air, was thought to have curative properties.
The top of Dock 4 was too dangerous to explore, but this panorama gives you an idea of the view (and how rotten the wood was).
Those able to work would be compelled to help fix up the facility, grow, harvest, and prepare food for fellow ‘inmates’, or work on vocational skills.
This gives a sense of the scale and the water damage of the old side (brick, rather than concrete) of the roundhouse.
A look down the 1950s foundry building, moments after sunset.
A photo from my first trip, although very little has changed in this area of the building except for the level of graffiti. I love skylights, don’t you?