I was asked for a little history on this hospital, I do not usually name the locations that I photograph. Many sites have fallen to grafitti and arson, but I will share some history. Originally opened on August 17, 1876, Patient numbers are believed to have peaked in 1953 with an impressive 7,674 people packed into spaces designed for significantly fewer. An explanation for this dramatic increase can be found in the fact that World War II had ended and left many soldiers requiring treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, which included procedures such as insulin shock therapy and electroconvulsive therapy. This asylum was one of the few places in the country capable of treating such patients.