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Location DB > United States > New Jersey > Morris Plains > Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
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created by Roland on 4/5/2005 4:46 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/19/2020 2:46 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Greystone Park is a large complex of buildings, all of them abandoned. The focal point of the campus is the large Kirkbride building made of gray stone and arched brick. The administration portion of the building in the center was in use after most of the facility was shut down, but the wings were abandoned at different times before the facility closed.
 Basic Information
Type: Building Complex
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Extremely Difficult
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information

Morris Plains, New Jersey
United States
Owner: New Jersey
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • power is still on, state troopers
  •  Interesting Features
    The campus includes a large stone Kirkbride building that is now abandoned, and a few other abandoned buildings sit on the property.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • state troopers dwelling inside, silent motion activated alarms
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1876
    Closed: 2006
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  • bail
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    The Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital was established in 1876, and designed by Samuel Sloan. It gets it's name from the grey stone used to build several of the buildings. Until the Pentagon was built the Kirkbride was the largest standing structure on a single foundation in the world. Deinstitutionalization caused the closing of many buildings on the property during the 70's and 80's.

    Allen Ginsberg's mother, Naomi, was institutionalized here. Part I of Howl contains a reference to "Greystone's foetid halls".
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     Future Plans
    A lot of the outbuildings have been demolished and a new 'complex' has been constructed a thousand or so yards behind the Kirkbride. The future of the Kirk is currently uncertain.

    A large fence has been placed around the entire building. Police presence is much heavier. Plans for demolition this year are in place, but many groups are fighting for renovation.

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     Photo Galleries
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    I do some scouting
    Tue, Apr 5th, 2005
    posted by Roland
    10 pictures
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    Our 1st trip...
    Mon, Sep 12th, 2005
    posted by kyle5077
    8 pictures
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    Old Postcards
    Tue, May 9th, 2006
    posted by PAexplorations
    3 pictures
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    Christmas Pictures
    Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
    posted by Darkwolf
    24 pictures
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    2012 & 2013
    Tue, Jan 3rd, 2012
    posted by Kurt
    10 pictures
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    Trip One
    Sun, Apr 1st, 2012
    posted by EsseXploreR
    17 pictures
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    Tue, Nov 3rd, 2015
    posted by EsseXploreR
    1 pictures

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    Demolition complete
    Tue, Nov 3rd, 2015
    posted by EsseXploreR
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    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/19/2020 2:47 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 19 20 at 14:47, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 19 20 at 14:45, Emperor Wang changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 19 20 at 2:35, Kurt updated gallery picture
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