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Infiltration Forums > US: Southeast > Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)(Viewed 5015 times)
Amishdelight  location:
"Deliverance Georgia"
 
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Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
< on 2/4/2015 6:29 PM >
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Went for a wee little drive to a land far far away... I don't often see people post any history these days, so here's some for ya if you're interested.

(in)Famous Doctor:

If you know this place, then you know who ran it for quite some time, and you know that he is looked back on as a man who did horrible things. However, in his time, he was a model citizen and highly esteemed physician! He married one of the first licensed female psychiatrists in the State, was a devout Presbyterian, and genuinely cared for his patients. Former patients would write him with their progress and express gratitude for their treatment. Supreme Court Justices, Governors, law makers, well known scientists and doctors, and all manner of influential members of society supported his work. In the context of his time, there was nothing sinister about this man. “All of us hate the idea of an insane man or woman being put in a place where criminals are kept, and we are fighting against that year after year”. Looking back we can see many of his ideas were wrong, his treatments often unjust, and his agenda ill conceived... And nothing says this more than Nazi Germany's adoption of this "law of Eugenics" and his admiration for their efforts and success regarding sterilization of "unfit" members of their Nation based on persons with hereditary defects (Pre-War). No I'm not "defending" him and his actions, merely taking an honest look at the subject. The Rockefeller's, Carnegie's, and many many more supported and funded eugenics research in the United States (and in Pre-War Germany)... This was far from being his idea, He just happened to help set a precedent via the Supreme Court. And it was very far from being unique to this state and it's institutions, it was literally a scientific movement based on what were assumed to be hereditary genetic traits.

Some examples of American "Negative" Eugenics wide spread implementation...

"One institution in Lincoln, Illinois fed its incoming patients milk from tubercular cows believing a eugenically strong individual would be immune. Thirty to forty percent annual death rates resulted at Lincoln." - See more at: http://historynews...hash.8p41EvQP.dpuf

"Now governors of five states, including California have issued public apologies to their citizens, past and present, for sterilization and other abuses spawned by the eugenics movement." - See more at: http://historynews...hash.8p41EvQP.dpuf


It started as a positive "scientific curiosity in the Victorian age. In 1863, Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, theorized that if talented people only married other talented people, the result would be measurably better offspring." And ended many years later negatively with Concentration camps, horrific experiments, and the classification of "Eugenics" as a crime against humanity in the trials of Nazi war criminals.


EDIT, More History:

This is one of the oldest Asylums in the United States, predating the first Kirkbride by roughly 20 years. And it's location was chosen because it was along an old Indian warpath that had become one of the most prominent and safest routes of travel though the state. It was most likely a dream come true for Thomas Jefferson, since the projects architect was his protege. He collaborated with the Director of the Hospital, and as far as I have been able to find, it's the only known collaboration of this type (architect and Doctor working to create a perfect compliment of treatment style and physical setting). The facility was a resort-style asylum. It had terraced gardens where patients could plant flowers and take walks, roof walk ways and patios to provide mountain views, and many architectural details to create an atmosphere that would aid in the healing process. "The goals that they had for the asylum rested on Jefferson's idea that architecture could inspire an idea or philosophy." And healing was the idea! Even the interior was specifically designed and upgraded to be "elegant" and put patients at ease. It was summed up in perfectly in this one sentence, "The idea was that people would do whatever they did before illness, and by doing so in a beautiful, calm setting, they would return to their earlier, less-troubled, state."




Pictures:

1.

Morning Light by Amishdelight, on Flickr

2.

Silent Notes by Amishdelight, on Flickr

3.

Closer to God by Amishdelight, on Flickr

4.

Missing Tools by Amishdelight, on Flickr

5.

The Red carpet by Amishdelight, on Flickr

6.

Roof top Walks by Amishdelight, on Flickr

7.

Rainbow by Amishdelight, on Flickr

8.

Caged by Amishdelight, on Flickr


[last edit 2/5/2015 3:52 PM by Amishdelight - edited 2 times]

Punchy location:
NC
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 1 on 2/4/2015 6:39 PM >
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Nice job on this place. Cool to see your take on it. I especially like 5, but they're all good.



Granuaile location:
Cincinnati
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 2 on 2/4/2015 6:44 PM >
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# 6 is a most magical looking staircase =)



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dammband location:
Atlanta, Georgia
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 3 on 2/4/2015 7:00 PM >
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Nice write up and great set. I never knew the history of this location.



BlaneAlexander location:
Central Fl/ NE Georgia
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 4 on 2/4/2015 9:32 PM >
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THAT STAIRCASE!!! nice set!



lelandro   |  |  | Abandoned Southeast
Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 5 on 2/4/2015 10:44 PM >
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Fancy




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sara'mer location:
WNC
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 6 on 2/5/2015 12:09 AM >
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Very nice! As many times as I've seen pictures of these stairs you'd think I have some idea of the place's history. But no, so thanks for including it.




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andyhal location:
Phenix City, AL
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 7 on 2/5/2015 2:01 AM >
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Nice shots and nice writeup.



MisUnderstood! location:
SouthEast, Texas
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 8 on 2/5/2015 5:52 AM >
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Great Wee Bit of History! Your photos are Stunning! Awesome use of the darkness with crisp rich lighted areas.



A place of Mystery is Always worth a curiosity trip!
ForgottenRails location:
Eastern Ontario
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 9 on 2/5/2015 2:38 PM >
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That looks so nice, untouched by outsiders. 5 looks surreal



Amishdelight  location:
"Deliverance Georgia"
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 10 on 2/5/2015 3:50 PM >
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More History since some of you expressed interest, I'll also edit it into the original post.
andyhal
sara'mer
dammband
Misunderstood


This is one of the oldest Asylums in the United States, predating the first Kirkbride by roughly 20 years. And it's location was chosen because it was along an old Indian warpath that had become one of the most prominent and safest routes of travel though the state. It was most likely a dream come true for Thomas Jefferson, since the projects architect was his protege. He collaborated with the Director of the Hospital, and as far as I have been able to find, it's the only known collaboration of this type (architect and Doctor working to create a perfect compliment of treatment style and physical setting). The facility was a resort-style asylum. It had terraced gardens where patients could plant flowers and take walks, roof walk ways and patios to provide mountain views, and many architectural details to create an atmosphere that would aid in the healing process. "The goals that they had for the asylum rested on Jefferson's idea that architecture could inspire an idea or philosophy." And healing was the idea! Even the interior was specifically designed and upgraded to be "elegant" and put patients at ease. It was summed up in perfectly in this one sentence, "The idea was that people would do whatever they did before illness, and by doing so in a beautiful, calm setting, they would return to their earlier, less-troubled, state."




~Amish












Amishdelight  location:
"Deliverance Georgia"
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
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Posted by Punchy
Nice job on this place. Cool to see your take on it. I especially like 5, but they're all good.


Thanks buddy, there are so many shots I wish I took... But I had so much fun just being there that I don't mind



~Amish





Amishdelight  location:
"Deliverance Georgia"
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 12 on 2/5/2015 4:07 PM >
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Posted by Granuaile
# 6 is a most magical looking staircase =)



Posted by BlaneAlexander
THAT STAIRCASE!!! nice set!



Posted by lelandro
Fancy



Thanks so much, it's always been a favorite of mine. The staircase was actually part of the "therapy" strategy.



~Amish



Amishdelight  location:
"Deliverance Georgia"
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 13 on 2/5/2015 4:09 PM >
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Posted by Misunderstood
Great Wee Bit of History! Your photos are Stunning! Awesome use of the darkness with crisp rich lighted areas.


Thank you so very much, I've always been a fan of the lighting in these structures. So many people go out of their way to fight the shadows in their photos, I embrace them.


~Amish



MisUnderstood! location:
SouthEast, Texas
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 14 on 2/5/2015 4:13 PM >
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"The idea was that people would do whatever they did before illness, and by doing so in a beautiful, calm setting, they would return to their earlier, less-troubled, state.

Like this! Appreciate the added history!



A place of Mystery is Always worth a curiosity trip!
Gentleman4561 location:
Kennesaw/Atlanta, GA
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 15 on 2/6/2015 5:26 AM >
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Love the included history!

Dang, wish my tool room was that organized!



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Amishdelight  location:
"Deliverance Georgia"
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 16 on 2/18/2015 11:55 PM >
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Posted by Gentleman4561
Love the included history!

Dang, wish my tool room was that organized!


Sorry I missed your comment... I couldn't agree more! "A place for everything, and everything in it's place", is always what comes to mind when I see these tool rooms



~Amish



urbexchick07 location:
Illinois
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 17 on 8/5/2016 10:32 PM >
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these pictures are just amazing. thank you for sharing these! hopefully one day ill find this spot so i can capture some of my own!



Jwiz   |  | 
Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 18 on 8/10/2016 7:25 PM >
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Always love seeing this place. One of my favorites. Good set!



Naaman location:
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
 
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Re: Eugenics and Staircases (asylum)
<Reply # 19 on 8/22/2016 2:01 PM >
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Nice work!



http://leftbirmingham.blogspot.com/
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