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Location DB > United States > Massachusetts > Waltham > Gaebler Childrens' Center
Gaebler Childrens' Center
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created by Matt on 6/13/2004 11:15 AM
last modified by Mike Dijital on 9/27/2015 1:31 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A 160 bed, red brick building set atop a hill off of Trapelo Road, almost directly across the street from the Fernald State School. In addition to the building, the grounds house a basketball court and a filled in pool.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts
United States
Owner: State
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  •  Hazards
  • air quality
  • Mold
  •  Interesting Features
    Heavy duty seclusion rooms in their own separate corridor, some strange and artistic graffiti, and definitely the roof. On a clear day, you can see the Boston skyline perfectly. That in itself makes a trip to Gaebler worth your time. It's also pitch black inside. The gym and upper floors with the secure rooms are the prime part. It is heavily vandalized and full of mold. Its long past its prime as a spot to explore. Worth a trip,?barely.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1955
    Closed: 1992
     Required Equipment
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  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera and a tripod.
    The Gaebler School was created for mentally disturbed adolescents aged 14 or younger, after multiple complaints of young people, females especially, being mistreated or intimidated by the adult patients of The Metropolitan State Hospital. In 1991, supporters of the hospital (of which there were many), patients’ relatives, staff members and mental health advocates struggled to keep the facility in use, but to no avail. It closed its doors for good in 1992 to the dismay of many.

    Most adolescents in the school’s care were sent to various other mental wards over the state. Many of the patients were sent to detention halls after the courts were cornered into speeding up trials of the young people, as they had been in queue due to their mental states and housing situations. Still some children were left to fend for themselves in what – to them – was a cruel, cruel world. The majority of patients in this group failed to follow up with out patient care.

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     Future Plans
    The plans are unknown, but the city has began preparations for demolition. The parking lots were all dug up last checked, and the doors were all open with fresh wires and construction lamps. This building may not be around much longer.

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    Sat, Dec 10th, 2005
    posted by Dowcet
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    Sun, Sep 2nd, 2007
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    Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
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    Sun, Sep 27th, 2015
    posted by Mike Dijital
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    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 9/27/2015 1:32 AM.

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  • on Sep 27 15 at 1:32, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Sep 27 15 at 1:31, Mike Dijital added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 27 15 at 1:31, Mike Dijital created a new gallery
  • on Sep 27 15 at 1:31, Mike Dijital changed the following: Notes for Mods, Web Links
  • on Sep 27 15 at 1:31, Mike Dijital made this location public
  • on Sep 27 15 at 1:30, Mike Dijital updated the main picture
  • on Sep 27 15 at 1:30, Mike Dijital deleted gallery One only and its 0 pictures
  • on Jun 17 11 at 16:28, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jun 15 11 at 16:45, wonderfail changed the following: Status
  • on Nov 23 10 at 2:26, Emperor Wang validated this location
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