Is the Ypsilanti Mental Institution Still Standing?

Question by Amriel: is the Ypsilanti mental institution still standing?
is it still standing? i mean would we be able to get in? if not, is their any other abandoned mental institutions that are still standing and that are open to the public?

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Answer by ranunculusviridis
Ypsilanti State Hospital
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Established around the 1930s southwest of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Closed in 1992, it has last housed the “Center of Forensic Psychiatry”. Most of it has been demolished during 2001, and the rest is expected to be gone by 2003.

Ypsilanti (with picture)


Afflicted: 11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums “Open” for Exploration


With some of the most disturbing and tragic histories of any buildings in the US, asylums and hospitals are way beyond creepy. Many of them were built in the late 1800s, when “mental illnesses” (such as masturbation, menopause, and teenage rebellion) were considered dangerous enough to lock someone in an asylum. A pain-inflicting misunderstanding of mental illness combined with a chronic mistreatment of its sufferers meant that many people were never released and spent the remainder of their lives in these horrible institutions.

In addition to asylums, many sanatoriums were constructed around this time to care for the poor and very sick. Utilizing radical treatments that were incredibly painful yet ineffective, early hospitals often created more suffering than good for the inflicted. To make matters worse, infectious outbreaks forced patients to be quarantined from the rest of society, further isolating them.

After decades of overcrowding in both asylums and sanatoriums, the invention of antibiotics and behavioral drugs, and an evolving understanding of mental illness rendered these massive compounds obsolete. Although most have been torn down, a few still remain standing. Abandoned for years – even decades – these remaining hospitals are deteriorating, rotting, and are reportedly haunted.

Although these spots may be spine-chillingly eerie and seem rife for exploration, be forewarned. Many of the buildings have yet to be torn down because they contain loads of asbestos, and as their condition deteriorates, this toxic insulation is being exposed. Due to wannabe explorers, local law enforcement monitors these buildings heavily, since they are mostly on state-owned land.

If you decide the risk is worth the reward, we didn’t send ya.

(MY NOTE: This website gives very detailed and eerie descriptions of each of these hospitals and asylums. There are several pictures of each one. You should find it to be an interesting study!)

1. Henryton State Hospital, Marriottsville, Maryland

2. New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum/Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Morris Plains, New Jersey

3. Santa Fe Railroad Hospital/Linda Vista Community Hospital, Los Angeles, California

4. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum/ Weston State Hospital, Weston, West Virginia USA

5. Overbrook Insane Asylum/Essex County Hospital, Cedar Grove, New Jersey

6. Renwick Smallpox Hospital, Roosevelt Island, New York, USA

7. Old Mercy Hospital, Liberty, Texas

8. Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Long Island, NY

9. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, KY

10. Athens Lunatic Asylum/The Ridges, Athens, Ohio

11: BONUS – Byberry Mental Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


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