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Hudson River State Hospital

Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 USA

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“decadence in decay”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. The Hudson River State Hospital, is a former New York state psychiatric hospital which operated from 1873 until its closure in the early 2000s. The campus is notable for its main building, known as a "Kirkbride," which has been designated a National Historic Landmark due to its exemplary High Victorian Gothic architecture, the first use of that style for an American institutional building. It is located on US 9 on the Poughkeepsie-Hyde Park town line. Frederick Clarke Withers designed the hospital's buildings in 1867. Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted designed the grounds. It was intended to be completed quickly, but went far over its original schedule and budget. The hospital opened on October 18, 1871 as the Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane and admitted its first 40 patients. Construction, however, was far from over and would continue for another 25 years. A century later, it was slowly closed down as psychiatric treatment had changed enough that large hospitals were no longer needed, and its services are now served by the nearby Hudson River Psychiatric Center. The campus was closed and abandoned in 2003 and since then has fallen into a state of disrepair. Authorities struggle with the risk of arson and vandals after suspicion of an intentionally set fire. The male bedding ward, south of the main building, was critically damaged in a 2007 fire caused by lightning. The property is currently owned by CPC Resources, which has placed the land for sale.

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August 13, 2014
Rated 4.0

I've been here about half a dozen times. It's a large campus. I've gone into the hospital, administrative building and recreation center. We would always go at night. The last time we visited, there was a pickup truck patrolling around so we got out of there. We haven't gone back since. I believe that they are doing heavy construction there and heard they could be putting up an apartment complex there.

Not safe to visit now.

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July 20, 2014

Closed down and blocked off. Might have better luck at night or on a weekday, but I tried to go a couple weeks back (July '14) and there are people patrolling and fences keeping you out.

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Hudson River State Hospital

Poughkeepsie, New York
12601 USA

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