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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > Philadelphia State Hospital aka Byberry
Philadelphia State Hospital aka Byberry
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created by RobbieKnobbie on 9/15/2003 11:19 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 7:32 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
It was once a huge complex. At one time there were 32 buildings...all connected via patient and/or service tunnels. Contained a lot of graffiti, fire damage and water damage ...The patient wards were empty, and all administrative/therapy buildings were trashed beyond recognition. The C buildings were the oldest. Sadly all of these buildings are now gone.
 Basic Information
Type: Demolished Mental Hospital Complex
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult - Now Just Bulldozed Earth....
Recommendation: forget it - GONE!
 Physical Information
Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: Formerly PIDC, now a collaboration of Westrum Development and Brandywine Realty Trust. They are the Development Team for the Property.
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features

    Environmental inspector is killed in a fall at Byberry
    Feb 17th, 2005

    An officer of an environmental services company inspecting a property for demolition yesterday on the grounds
    of the old Philadelphia State Hospital (Byberry) in the Far Northeast fell to his death after a stairway gave way,
    police said.

    The victim was identified as James Lowe III, 49, of Spring City. Lowe worked for LVI Environmental Services
    Inc., a nationwide abatement and demolition company. The company's Web site identifies Lowe as president of
    the company's Philadelphia branch office, based in Downingtown.

    Lowe and another employee, David Pearson, 38, were surveying from floor to floor in a Byberry building in the
    2600 block of Southampton Road when the accident occurred.

    Lowe fell two floors, police said. Pearson called 911 on his cellular phone. Fire paramedics pronounced Lowe
    dead at the scene at 10:50 a.m.


    When it first closed it was beautiful inside. The older buildings had really nice architecture, the newer buildings were interesting for their sheer vastness. The tunnel system was a fun and convenient way to get from building to building.
    Unfortunately, in its last few years it had been tagged to death and several fires had damaged (superficially) several halls. To many it looked like a war zone. It also had its own internal security force! Nothing left now besides memories....
     Security Measures
  • (its gone now)
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1906
    Closed: 1990
     Required Equipment
  • TIME MACHINE - The 'berry is no more..
  •  Recommended Equipment
    NOTHING - Byberry is no more.....
    Originally opened by the City of Philadelphia in 1906, it was taken over by the State in 1938 for budgetary concerns. Closed in 1990 for pretty much the same reason. Completely demolished in 2006 by Geppert Brothers and Delta Removal for Westrum Byberry LLP.
     Media Coverage
     Future Plans
    Property is being transformed into a 50+ community dubbed THE ARBOURS EAGLE POINTE, the hospital is gone.
    An insiders view
    Wed, Nov 17th, 2004
    posted by PAexplorations
    This is a warning.
    Sun, Nov 7th, 2004
    posted by DirtyDirtyShame

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     Photo Galleries
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    Mon, Jan 19th, 2004
    posted by PonyGrl420
    12 pictures
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    ETOK's byberry pix
    Sun, Jun 27th, 2004
    posted by phillyetok
    10 pictures
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    Byberry (Motts)
    Wed, Aug 4th, 2004
    posted by Mr. Motts
    28 pictures
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    GreyKat in PA
    Sat, Nov 20th, 2004
    posted by GreyKat
    16 pictures
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    Photos from Jan. 2004
    Wed, Mar 23rd, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    15 pictures
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    Sept. 2003
    Thu, Mar 24th, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    9 pictures
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    The Berry
    Thu, Jan 5th, 2006
    posted by PAexplorations
    25 pictures
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    Historic Byberry
    Thu, Jun 1st, 2006
    posted by PAexplorations
    47 pictures
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    Tue, Jun 6th, 2006
    posted by LostInPa
    50 pictures
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    Demo And More!
    Sun, Nov 19th, 2006
    posted by LostInPa
    23 pictures
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    The Final Chapter
    Mon, Mar 17th, 2008
    posted by Byberrian Fanman
    25 pictures
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    mikedijitals pictures
    Wed, Sep 23rd, 2015
    posted by Mike Dijital
    8 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 7:32 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 20 16 at 19:32, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 20 16 at 19:32, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name, Street Address
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:22, Mike Dijital overrode the gallery creation limit
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:13, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:13, Mike Dijital changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:09, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:09, Mike Dijital added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:09, Mike Dijital created a new gallery
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:08, Mike Dijital updated the main picture
  • on Sep 23 15 at 21:08, Mike Dijital changed the following: Web Links
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Historical Photos?Turd Furgusen113941/5/2006 11:54 PM by PAexplorations
    You must log in for this feature to work.Demo of Byberry «1 2 »PAexplorations3275645/22/2009 4:10 AM by LostInPa
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