A Madness So Discreet

Pictures from the setting for A MADNESS SO DISCREET (available 10/6 from Katherine Tegen Books). This is The Ridges - formerly called the Athens Lunatic Asylum - a mental hospital operated in Athens, Ohio from 1874 until 1993.
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The Female Ward - more information and photo credit here: http://media.library.ohiou.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/archives/id/899/rec/54

Views In and About Athens Asylum for the Insane, page 1893 :: Ohio University Archives

“They work their discreet types of madness on us, power and pain, and we hold to our truths in the darkness.” A MADNESS SO DISCREET by Mindy McGinnis

An alligator lived in the fountain at the insane asylum - yes, really. More information and photo credit here: http://media.library.ohiou.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/archives/id/867/rec/4

Photo of The Athens Lunatic Asylum's Fountain Alligator 'Jim Crocks'. This alligator lived in a fountain on the grounds of the Athens Lunatic Asylum.

Part of the original fountain, now relegated to the brush in the back.

Part of the original fountain, now relegated to the brush in the back.

Female Patients "Out For An Airing" Photo in public domain, more information here: http://media.library.ohiou.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/archives/id/911/rec/64

Views In and About Athens Asylum for the Insane, page 1893 :: Ohio University Archives

A postcard with a view from the Ridges, including the lake. More information and photo credit here: http://media.library.ohiou.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/archives/id/863/rec/12

A postcard with a view from the Ridges, including the lake. More information and photo credit here: http://media.library.ohiou.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/archives/id/863/rec/12

1909 Postcard

OH, Athens, Athens Lunatic Asylum (The Ridges) - old view of original grounds. Some of the original buildings still stand and are in use by Ohio University.

Photo of the first day shift, 1873.  Photo credit: "Ridges dayshiftstaff". Licensed under PD-US via Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ridges_dayshiftstaff.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ridges_dayshiftstaff.jpg

Ridges dayshiftstaff - Athens Lunatic Asylum, Ohio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Original Plan of the grounds of the Athens Lunatic Asylum.

Plan for the Lunatic Asylum Grounds, Athens, Ohio, circa

The women's ward, long abandoned.

The women's ward, long abandoned.

A hallway in the abandoned women's ward, taken through a window.

A hallway in the abandoned women's ward, taken through a window.

Wide shot of the back grounds.

Wide shot of the back grounds.

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