Finding Asylum: Tracing the evolution of five Kirkbride Planned hospitals for the insane

The elegant rooftop of the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts. (Christopher Payne)

The elegant rooftop of the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts. (Christopher Payne)

The Victorian-era psychologist Thomas Story Kirkbride advocated the use of fresh air and elegant architecture for healing mental illnesses. Under the Kirkbride Plan for asylums, patients resided in extensive, well-landscaped grounds and palace-like structures. Yet inside, unplanned by the architects, patients often were restrained in chains and dark dungeons and suffered ice-water baths.

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Slideshow> Brooklyn Navy Yard Opening

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Beyer Blinder Bell and workshop/adp meets Thomas U. Walter. (AN/Stoelker)

Beyer Blinder Bell and workshop/adp meet Thomas U. Walter. (AN/Stoelker)

There was plenty of pomp for the opening of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92. For the first time in 210 years, the Yard welcomed the public into its gates. The $25.6 million project includes the renovation of a building by U.S. Capitol architect Thomas U. Walter and the addition of new 24,000-square-foot community and exhibition space. D.I.R.T. Studio signed on as landscape architect. Beyer Blinder Belle and workshop/adp dreamed up a perforated sunscreen which utilizes highly pixelated imagery of an historic photograph, meshing new technology with nostalgic imagery.

For a peek of old meeting new, check out the slideshow after the jump.

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