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January 4th, 2010

Bryce Sale Approved

Bryce Hospital Kirkbride Building
Just before 2009 ended, Alabama’s board of mental health approved the sale of the Bryce Hospital campus to the University of Alabama. The university will pay $60 million for the property and Bryce Hospital will move to a new location within Tuscaloosa. According to the Associated Press, UA has “indicated it will maintain the nearly 150-year-old main building, which opened in 1861. The white structure is expected to be used by the university for office space and maintained as a museum.” Read more here: Sale of Bryce Hospital to the University of Alabama Approved.

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Discussion

  1. Audrey January 7, 2010, 11:54 am

    I’m kind of new to this, so I’m kind of confused. Does “main building” mean the administration building, or the whole Kirkbride?

  2. WSH January 7, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Good question, any idea on how much of the campus they plan to reuse?

  3. Ethan January 7, 2010, 7:23 pm

    To me, “main building” means the entire Kirkbride, but it’s hard to tell what they mean exactly now that I think about it. They may be indicating that they would just save the admin — which is very possible — but I don’t know for sure.

  4. Audrey January 9, 2010, 6:15 pm

    I hope they mean the whole Kirkbride. I might go and see it because I live only 2 1/2 miles away. I’ve been to Tuscaloosa so many times for football games, and I never had a clue a Kirkbride was there.

  5. Cynthia Rye March 16, 2014, 5:27 pm

    I am looking for information on a VA Mental Hospital that I was a patient at in the mid 1970’s. I was told it was a former state hospital that the VA owned.
    Could it be Bryce hospital?

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