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Location DB > United States > Massachusetts > Northampton > Northampton State Hospital > Noho (Motts) > Stairwell

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The stairwells are incredibly intricate.

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Posted by sisterblue 11/29/2004 2:32 PM | remove
  Were these main stairwells or fire escapes?

Its just they look a little grim...
Posted by Turd Furgusen 11/29/2004 5:40 PM | remove
  It's an insane asylum!
Posted by sisterblue 11/29/2004 7:13 PM | remove
  hahaha...yes, but thats why I am querying this. Asylums were typically designed to be pleasant places to be in. Here we have bare brick walls and spiky railings. Its odd.
Posted by TurboZutek 11/29/2004 7:36 PM | remove
  No no.. I think this exemplifies the differing attitudes to asylum design and asthetics that Britain and the US took historically.

American asylum = Fluffy Prison
British Asylum = Hotel
Posted by sisterblue 11/29/2004 8:27 PM | remove
  I was going to say its a bit prison like!

American asylum = Fluffy Prison
British Asylum = Secure Hotel
Posted by sisterblue 11/29/2004 8:28 PM | remove
  Still is this the main stairs or maybe just staff stairs or suchlike?
Posted by Mr. Motts 11/30/2004 3:43 PM | remove
  I believe patients used these, the cages were to keep them from jumping. The metalwork in the actual steps was quite intricate was well; although it is a bit moody, this photo does looks more sinister than it really is.
Posted by Plytheman 12/2/2004 1:51 AM | remove
  Noho really is a pleasent looking place compared to some others I've been in.
Posted by zprofesser 12/3/2004 7:04 PM | remove
  Indeed it is

Posted by ericam 7/12/2005 12:54 AM | remove
  thats not very safe.. i could climb that grating and jump down to the spikes below and do some bad damage
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