Ghosts of America’s Past: The Kirkbride Plan

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C., once called the Government Hospital for the insane, is representative of more than seventy such campuses made up of massive, ornate Victorian buildings designed by some of the most notable architects in the nation, and built across America over a sixty-five year period. Their now largely decaying forms represent ghosts of an era, built on a vision that became for some, a nightmare. The buildings of the Kirkbride Plan deserve to be remembered.

Mar 16, 2022 | 17:16 | Lance Geiger

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