Inside an abandoned psychiatric hospital

Inside an abandoned psychiatric hospital: The haunting remains of a life in incarceration from clothes and toys buried under 40 years of filth
Building 25 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, New York was once a haven for the city’s mentally ill
It is an eerie reminder of a time when the only treatment for mental illness was locking people away
Abandoned for the past 40 years it features scenes of disgusting squalor including rooms where pigeon excrement has built-up over decades

These eerie images show the inside of Building 25 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, New York once a haven for the city’s cast-out mentally ill which has been left abandoned for nearly 40 years.

Creedmoor was founded in 1912 as the Farm Colony of Brooklyn State Hospital, a psychiatric ward like hundreds of others opened at the turn of the century to house and rehabilitate those people ill-equipped to function on their own.  

Before medical advancements helped treat people suffering from psychosis and schizophrenia, the preferred option was to send them away to live in farm colonies such as Creedmoor where it was believed the fresh air and nature could help ease their suffering.

Building 25 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, New York was once a haven for the city’s cast-out mentally ill and has been left abandoned for nearly 40 years

A collection of toys and other mementos found inside Building 25

The kitchen features peeling paint on the walls and old furniture stacked up next to an old sink

Upstairs on the fourth floor things have taken a turn for the grotesque as huge mounds of pigeon excrement have build-up below a spot popular with the birds

An old bathroom features rows of old sinks at the abandoned facility in Queens, New York

Creedmoor continues to operate today, but housing only a few hundred patients as advancements in treatment for the mentally ill have proved a much more effective way of dealing.

Creedmoor was founded in 1912 as the Farm Colony of Brooklyn State Hospital, a psychiatric ward like hundreds of others opened at the turn of the century to house and rehabilitate those people ill equipped to function on their own

A disused bathroom clogged up with years of pigeon droppings

People suffering from psychosis and schizophrenia were send away to live in farm colonies such as Creedmoor where it was believed the fresh air and nature could help ease their pain

As the 20th century progressed and the population grew such asylums became overrun with patients and living conditions at some psychiatric wards deteriorated

One wall at Creedmoor features religious imagery

By 1960, Creedmoor’s population had swelled from 150 in 1918 to over 7,000

By 1974 the hospital had spiralled completely out of control and an investigation was prompted after a series of crimes including rapes, assaults, riot and attempted murder

While many of the buildings at Creedmoor have been sold off, Building 25 stands as a testament to a bygone era

Some old Polaroid photographs show the exterior of Building 25 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, New York 

 

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