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Archive for April, 2010

Richardson Complex Triage

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Queenseyes at Buffalo Rising posted about his authorized look inside the Buffalo State Hospital Kirkbride after the recent fire. From his write-up, it appears the damage was very limited and the Richardson-Olmsted Corporation is getting serious about keeping trespassers out of the building. Read the story and view photos here: Richardson Triage Slide Show.

Update: The Richardson-Olmsted Corporation just sent out this email message…


Buffalo Kirkbride Fire

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I’m a bit late writing about this here, but I think it’s important enough to make a post regardless. There was a fire on the second floor of the admin in the Buffalo State Hospital Kirkbride building early this past Saturday morning. The two-alarm blaze caused $200,000 worth of damage, but apparently there was no major structural damage and renovation efforts will not be affected too much by it.

The fire is considered suspicious and arson has not been ruled out. Firefighters were called to the building at 3:15 in the morning. Investigators have determined that the starting point was most likely a pile of papers on the floor, and also found a point of entry to the building which may have been used by someone who started the fire.

The article with the most information on this story that I’ve found so far can be found on The Buffalo News web site: $200,000 Fire Damages Richardson Complex.

Bryce Hospital Cemetery Memorial

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Bryce Hospital Cemetery
On Sunday April 18th, there will be a special ceremony ┬áin honor of those buried in the four cemeteries at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It will take place in the hospital’s chapel at 2PM. Directions and further information can be found in this invitation: Bryce Hospital Cemetery Memorial Dedication Ceremony (1.52MB PDF File).

While relatives of patients, former patients, friends and hospital employees are especially invited, the event is open to the public and all are welcome. Following the ceremony and a reception, there will be a tour of Bryce’s Kirkbride building.

Related to this story is a relatively new web site: Bryce Hospital – Historic Preservation Project. It’s not quite complete, but there’s already a lot of historical data contained there and it’s worth taking a good long look through it. Also included on the site is information about volunteering for or making donations to the historical preservation project.

Mega Kirkbride “Discovered”

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

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This morning someone who wishes to remain anonymous emailed me about a Kirkbride building that’s still in use and is absolutely enormous! When I looked up the address on Google maps and took a look at the satellite view, I couldn’t believe my eyes. As you can see for yourself, this monster had seven wing sections off either side of the admin. That a Kirkbride of this magnitude has flown under the radar for so long is almost unbelievable. More about this amazing find later when I learn more details.

UPDATE: Note the date this post was made (April 1st).