Also known as the Massachusetts State Lunatic Hospital at Danvers, it opened for business in 1878 and closed in the 1990s, a victim of deinstitutionalization policies and budget cuts. Among other things, the staff there specialized in the pre-frontal lobotomy, wherein an ice pick device was inserted into the orbital cavity, and swished around until … well, until you have some very angry ghosts. Abandoned since the early 90s, it became a notorious shell of its former self, a crumbling edifice used in such horror films as the excellent Session 9. It was mostly demolished to make room for an apartment complex in 2006, though the iconic central edifice was preserved.
Here is a lovely YouTube video playing through Pictures of the Asylum with Hotel California playing in the background, because who doesn’t appreciate some Eagles.
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