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Seton Institute
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created by Roland on 7/10/2004 8:13 PM
last modified by Roland on 6/26/2006 9:28 PM
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Seton Business Park
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Owner: ?
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • falling rock and debris
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  • the road is now blocked with barriers
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    Closed: 1972
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    I found this building last fall but have been able to find practically no information on it whatsoever, other than it was supposedly called the Seton Institute, and it was either a nursing home or a mental hospital, or possibly both.

    The Seton Business Park was built on the location of the Seton Institution, formerly the Mt Hope Retreat, both were infact mental hospitals. It was not the called Seton Institute until 1946 and closed around 1966. There are no pictures of it that I found, just pictures of a large brick building that was demolished for the park. Insurance maps show this building as a nurses residence. The NAACP building next door was once Villa St Michael.

    SpookyDan's Write-Up:
    A few buildings and a garage are all that remains of the Seton Psychiatric Institute in Baltimore city. The largest remaining structure was some type of living quarters, maybe a nurse residence. The main hospital building was demolished years ago.

    In 1844 the buildings were acquired by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity, who operated them as a hospital, Mount Hope Asylum (later Retreat), until the 1880s.

    The Sisters of Charity went on to establish another psychiatric facility, known as the "Mount Hope Retreat," which later became the Seton Institute. An interesting footnote is the fact that the Sisters of Charity were later accused of using the Mount Hope Retreat to "unlawfully imprison" and torture patients.

    The customary practice in Catholic dioceses and congregations across the United States when complaints of abuse were made was to transfer the priest out of his current position into another position of clerical service unless the situation came to the attention of civil authorities or threatened grave scandal. In these cases, the priests or religious were sent to a treatment facility, such as Seton, in order to avoid criminal prosecution and/or public exposure. In virtually all referrals to Seton Institute for sexual contact involving minors, the precipitating event was usually either a risk of public exposure or a court—related referral.

    To make a long story short… Catholic priests that had problems including sexual involvement with minors were sent here for treatment avoiding prosecution.
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    Sat, Jul 10th, 2004
    posted by Roland
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    Wed, Aug 10th, 2005
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    Sat, Nov 26th, 2005
    posted by SpookyDan
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