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Location DB > United States > Alabama > Tuscaloosa > Bryce Hospital's Psychopathic Building
Bryce Hospital's Psychopathic Building
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created by railtech on 6/27/2004 3:17 AM
last modified by Opheliaism on 10/5/2009 4:15 PM
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Dilapated 2-story building with basement. Crazy layout--some stairways only went up, others only went down.... mazelike inside. Some locations had bars, others seemed normal (non-mental hospital). Parts of it were used for storage of University equipment & records, although it appears most of this was hauled off in the garbage when the building was torn down.

It was basically a square building, with a courtyard in the middle. But it also had a wing that went off the back.

All the porches had bars to keep patients in.

In one place, the roof had collapsed and the entire 2nd story was gone, although the 1st floor was still passable. One place had a floor that looked kind of weak; so we tossed a small chair out into the middle of the room, and it fell partway through the floor!!!!---needless to say, we didn't go in that room.

There was one elevator in the building, you could see the shaft on the outside--it had been added in one of the additions. But we never got to it; it was locked off.

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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: It was totally awesome. Sucks that it's gone.
 Physical Information
Shelby Hall -- University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
United States
Owner: University of Alabama
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • Torn down.
  •  Interesting Features
    It was an amazing building. From the outside, it looked rather small, and two stories. Well, it was 2 stories, with a basement and some partial tunnels & crawls spaces.

    There was a huge courtyard in the middle of the building, add the fact that it hadn't been maintained for 20 or 30 years, and it was like a jungle... or enchanted forest. Or something. It was pretty bizzare to stand in the middle, with 2 story walls on all sides, and have all those trees & vines....

    One small section still exists; I have pictures coming soon... The small section is the University's Architect Office--campus planning, new building design, maintenance planning, construction bids, blueprints, etc... A tiny section of the old part still exists, where the old part of the building touched the newer wing, a little two story bit exists that couldn't be demolished without wrecking the part that still exists... very bizzare; as I said, pics coming.

    UPDATE: July 28 2004: I added two new pics of what remains with more pics coming (film is being processed!). -Railtech

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     Historical Dates
    Built: 193
    Closed: 2001
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    I don't know a whole lot about it, except that most of it's now torn down; the back of the new Shelby Hall sits where this building once stood. One wing of it still exists; it was an addition to the original building and currently serves as the office for the University Architect.

    When built, it was Bryce Hospital's Psychopathic Building. I've heard they used patient labor to build it. At some point--looked to be the 1970s--Bryce stopped using it, except possibly for storage. After a while longer, it was transfered from Bryce to University of Alabama ownership (the two are adjacent and both state agencys). The university used part of it for storage, part of it for the University's Architecture Office (the newest part, an addition), and part of it was empty, with at least one section having a collapsed roof. Oh, one part was used by University electricians as a supply storage area (wire, lights, etc).

    The giant stones that has the words "Psychopathic Building" and the state seal carved in them were given to the Art Department of the University when the building was demolished.

    The building was apparently full of asbestos. Oops.

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     Future Plans
    The future is now. The building has been demolished, to make way for Senator Shelby's Shelby Hall. (He's still alive). Oddly, plans to demolish the building were drawn up in the building!!! This is because the University Architect's office WAS IN THE BUILDING!!!

    Correction: The University Architect's office still exists; this one wing was NOT demolished, and is still standing.

    There are a few other old Bryce Hospital buildings that have been converted to University use. Additionally, there are a lot of Bryce buildings that are disused (and many still used) in the area. Bryce Hospital is the State of Alabama's mental/psychatric hospital. Formerly called Alabama Insane Hospital (AIH) and analagous to the famous Danvers State Hospital.
    Surviving male patient's horrifying story
    Sat, Apr 15th, 2006
    posted by wolfchild57

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    Psychopathic Building Pics
    Sun, Jun 27th, 2004
    posted by railtech
    17 pictures
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    All that remains
    Thu, Jul 29th, 2004
    posted by railtech
    14 pictures

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    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 10/5/2009 4:15 PM.

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  • on Aug 6 04 at 23:17, railtech updated basic gallery info
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