Description Other people's sorrows and joys have a way of reminding us of our own; we partly emphasize with them because we ask ourselves: What about me? What does this say about my life, my pains, my anguish?~Azar NafisiThe Hudson River State Hospital, is a former New York state psychiatric hospital which operated from 1873 until its closure in the early 2000's. 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 had been served by the nearby Hudson River Psychiatric Center until that facility's closure in January 2012.This is the Cheney Building,which opened in 1952, it is a ten-story steel structure with a brick facade. Named after Dr. Clarence O. Cheney, MD (1887-1947), the president of the American Psychiatry Association from 1935-1936, and hospital's superintendent from the 1920's until 1946, the building held doctor's offices and medical examination rooms. The building did provide some patient housing.Photographed in Poughkeepsie, New York. Composed in Photoshop
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