Abandoned hospitals are truly the stuff of nightmares. From the long corridors to the rusted equipment, these sites are laden with paranormal activity. These abandoned hospital and asylum buildings exist across the country; however, there seem to be an unusual amount of them in the state of New York alone. While these places were all created in hopes of treating patients from all sorts of mental and physical illnesses, often times the care was not adequate and the result was fatal. The following sites exist either as completely abandoned buildings or facilities which have diminished significantly over the past century. You won’t soon forget your visit to any of them.
1. Roosevelt Island Smallpox Castle
The name of this abandoned hospital is enough to conjure up intrigue. The structure was completed in 1865 in its unique Gothic-revival style. The hospital was in operation for only 19 years, and in that time saw nearly 7,000 patients. The site was relocated in 1875 due to growing population and the original building was abandoned. Thanks to the Landmarks Preservation Committee, this is the only landmarked ruin in the entire state. Today, visitors can only visit the outside, as the inside has begun to disintegrate.
2. Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
The Creedmoor campus was built in 1912 in Queens Village as the Farm Colony of Brooklyn State Hospital. Building 25 was reserved for the mentally-ill. By 1960, the campus housed nealry 7,000 patients. Numbers began to dwindle with the development of medications. Today building 25 (not pictured above) has actually been taken over by pigeons. This peculiar phenomenon is especially troubling.
3. Bayley Seton Hospital
The Bayley Seton Hospital is an impressive 20-acre campus located on the North Shore of Staten Island. 8 of the 12 original buildings have been completely abandoned since the complex opened in the 1830s. Its original purpose was to house sailors who were injured or ailing. The site remains relatively abandoned and a fence protects the property.
4. Seaview Hospital
Built in 1905, Seaview Hospital was one of the largest tuberculosis sanatoriums in the country. It is now registered as a National Historic Landmark and can be found on Staten Island. The district includes 37 buildings, a few of which are still in operation today. Most of its buildings stand abandoned with eerie interiors such as the one photographed above.
5. Buffalo State Hospital
Buffalo State Hospital is a former insane asylum that was designed by the famous Henry Hobson Richardson. The hospital closed in the mid-1970s, although tours are given for those interested in wandering the haunted grounds. The dramatic windows and towers create a particularly chilling vision at night.
6. Rockland State Psychiatric Center
This mental hospital was at one time one of the largest in the entire state. The center was established in 1927, and by 1959 had increased its occupation to nearly 9000. Visitors today will notice that only a portion of this hospital is currently in use. Most of the buildings are crumbling and the rooms are left in eerie abandonment. Like many hospitals of the time, it was not unusual for doctors to perform lobotomies on patients.
7. King's Park Psychiatric Center
King's Park was in operation from 1885 until 1996, when the facility was closed down by the state of New York. The asylum took a revolutionary stand against over-crowding and maltreatment of patients. Instead, those who stayed here kept busy with farm work that was considered therapeutic. Unfortunately, the effects of World War II caused a dramatic increase in patients. Dangerous and invasive techniques were used in hopes of providing quicker relief to those suffering from mental anguish. Population eventually dwindled and all that remains today are the abandoned hallways.