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Northampton State Hospital Photographs by Mark Majeski, 2001

Mark Majeski photographed the State Hospital buildings in 2002, when they had been unused since the early 1990s, and several years before they were finally torn down. The result is a series of exterior and interior views showing the buildings' architecture and how they were affected by years of neglect. The color images include the former theater, kitchen, cafeteria, visiting area, doctor's office/apothecary, among others. The buildings and rooms, even while uninhabited and in a deteriorated condition, give the viewer a sense of the people and activities that took place there during a period of over 100 years.

The life and death of Northampton State Hospital is an important chapter in the history of our community. The interior views are of particular significance since while the hospital was in operation, only patients, staff and visitors saw the inside of these buildings. These images can shed light on the history of health care in Northampton, treatment of the mentally ill, architecture, community preservation, and the ongoing controversy regarding the disposition of the land and buildings.

Images digitized by Iris Photo

Funding provided by the Friends of Forbes Library

Cataloged by Corinne Fay

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