Willard Asylum

Willard Asylum for the Insane - Ovid, NY - offically opened in October 1869. By 1877, Willard was the largest asylum in the United States with 1500 patients. In 1890, its name had changed from Willard Asylum for the Insane to Willard State Hosptial. Nearly 55,000 patients were admitted to Willard before it finally closed in 1995 with a peak population of 4,076 in 1955.
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Abandoned Buildings in Ovid, NY at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane

Willard Asylum, Willard, NY - A popular design for institutions of the time period was a sprawling layout of an administration building flanked by two wings, one for males and one for females.

Willard Asylum, NY - The Morgue - Over the years more than 25,000 patients died and passed through here before it closed on 1995.

This makes the asylums morgue (pictured above) one of the creepiest places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the early days “people didn’t leave unless it was in a box.

Morgue and Embalming equipment at the abandoned Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane in Ovid, NY on Seneca Lake

Morgue and Embalming equipment at the abandoned Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane in Ovid, NY on Seneca Lake

Four lounge chairs in the 1872 Maples Building at Willard State Hospital - formerly the New York State Asylum for the Chronic Insane.

Four lounge chairs in the 1872 Maples Building at Willard State Hospital - formerly the New York State Asylum for the Chronic Insane.

Single Chair in a Room within the Grandview Building at the Willard Asylum near Seneca Lake

Single Chair in a Room within the Grandview Building at the Willard Asylum near Seneca Lake

Asylum for the Chronically Insane via Freaktography

Asylum for the Chronically Insane via Freaktography

The main building | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The main building. Sadly has been torn down.

Willard Asylum DTC Antique Ford Fire Truck

An Inside Tour of 'Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane' - Ovid, NY

Hallway inside the Grandview Building at Willard Asylum

Hallway inside the Grandview Building at Willard Asylum

Fire house | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Fire house | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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