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Location DB > United States > Indiana > Evansville > Evansville State Hospital
Evansville State Hospital
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created by Kiishka on 2/27/2007 4:58 AM
last modified by Kiishka on 2/27/2007 2:45 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A 2- to 5-story structure of brick and limestone construction, built in a squared-off '8' shape with rounded corners on the front side. The front of the building was embellished with a large, 4-columned limestone portico that led to the first floor. The portico was built overhanging the basement entrance and defunct tunnel system.

At the back of the facility was the cafeteria, and the connecting side-wings contained the actual rooms, with the most troubled patients being kept on the higher floors. Examples of electroshock, hydrotherapy, and restraint equipment were easy to find throughout the building.

Along the side-wings were screened-in walkways that at one time connected the Men's Ward to the Main Ward. Trees and decorative patios were features in the two courtyards.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: Demolished, don't waste your time.
 Physical Information

Evansville, Indiana
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • collapsing ceilings
  •  Interesting Features
    It was a massive structure, varying between 2 and 5 stories tall. With hundreds of rooms, there was always plenty to discover on every visit. The top floor in the central core of the building contained the medical offices, in which was an x-ray darkroom. There was also a small stretch of stained glass that ran from the main basement corridor towards the new facility, where the Women's Ward had once stood; at the time of exploration, it ended in a boarded up door that was far too close to the active building for anyone's liking. Beneath the kitchen was a large, full-service morgue.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • wooden boarding
  • Fences while it was being demolished
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1943
    Closed: 2003
     Required Equipment
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  • breathing mask
  •  Recommended Equipment

    The 1943 Main Ward was constructed to replace the original 1890 structure after its destruction in a deadly fire. At its peak, this facility treated over 1,500 patients, but was forced to close because operating costs were too high to maintain the dwindling population in such a massive structure. This building was closed in January of 2003, and the residents were moved into a new, modern structure next door.
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     Future Plans
    Demolished in 2006
    Memories of the State Hospital
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Kiishka

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     Photo Galleries
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    Interior Photos: 2006
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Kiishka
    10 pictures
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    Exterior Photos: Spring 2006
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Kiishka
    13 pictures
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    Mon, Jun 4th, 2007
    posted by Cowboy Wayne
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    Demolition panorama
    Tue, Feb 27th, 2007
    posted by Kiishka
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 8/2/2007 1:56 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 2 07 at 1:56, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 4 07 at 22:40, Cowboy Wayne moved this gallery into this location
  • on Mar 1 07 at 6:18, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 1 07 at 2:45, Kiishka updated gallery Interior Photos: 2006
  • on Feb 27 07 at 22:39, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 27 07 at 19:30, Kiishka updated gallery picture P1010760.JPG
  • on Feb 27 07 at 19:28, Kiishka updated gallery picture P1010771.JPG
  • on Feb 27 07 at 19:28, Kiishka updated gallery picture P1010799.JPG
  • on Feb 27 07 at 19:27, Kiishka updated gallery picture P1010797.JPG
  • on Feb 27 07 at 19:26, Kiishka updated gallery picture P1010789.JPG
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