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August 16th, 2012

Greystone Photo Album circa 1899

Greystone Park State Asylum

You like old photos of Kirkbride buildings, right? Dumb question? Well anyway, I’m sure you’ll love these pictures of Greystone Park from 1899 or so. Somebody recently sent me the link to the collection which is owned and presented by the Morristown Library. Some highlights below.

  1. The New Jersey State Hospital
  2. Walks in Front of Hospital
  3. View of Male Wing
  4. Administrative Building
  5. Female Wing and Administrative Building
  6. Main Entrance
  7. Main Entrance (different than above)
  8. Corridor
  9. Manager’s Room
  10. Pathological Laboratory
  11. Medical Staff
  12. Fancy Dress Ball
  13. Amusement Hall
  14. Training School
  15. Chapel
  16. Alcove in Ward
  17. Ward Corridor
  18. Infirmary Ward
  19. Laundry
  20. Main Kitchen
  21. Boiler House
  22. The Park
  23. Distant View of Hospital

I was especially happy to see that these photos were from before the roofline was altered, and that there are a few interior spaces which look very much like they still do today.

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  1. WSH August 16, 2012, 9:56 am

    Man what a awesome find! I wish every state hospital had stuff like this out there. It would make it a lot easier than searching through countless “annual reports”, etc. hoping for a few nice historical photos!

  2. WSH August 16, 2012, 9:58 am

    …also this might seem trivial, but I am really likeing whatever font they used in the album. It’s really unique and I’ve never see one like it before!

  3. Ethan August 16, 2012, 1:47 pm

    You know, I almost added a comment about the font to my post, but then decided it wasn’t pertinent enough to mention. But I do like that font a lot too.

    It looks as if the words are hand-written. If so, I wonder if it’s an actual font, or just someone’s very decorative handwriting. It should be made into a font if it’s the latter.

  4. cv1978 August 16, 2012, 2:45 pm

    was it just me or did the alcove arches seem less round then versus now?

  5. Ethan August 16, 2012, 10:48 pm

    If I remember correctly, not all the alcoves have that curved arch you’re thinking of. I don’t have time to go through all my photos, but I seem to remember some alcoves look pretty much just like the one in that old photo.

  6. Susan January 1, 2013, 9:07 pm

    My dad was a patient at Greystone fr. 1950s-1970s. My mother had him locked up, and they threw away the key! I went there a couple times every month to visit him for many years. There is an underground tunnel system. I went down there many times with my parents. There were also quite a few dairy cows at one time, that I got to see.
    My dad was in a locked-up ward, and they gave him shock therapy quite a few times. The other male patients scared the hell out of me! My mother still has nightmares about going there. It was a classic hell hole. It really makes me sad to think lots of people spent their whole lives there, including my dad. The real bummer thing is, my dad was crazy, but my 2 bros and I lived with my mom. She was sooo abusive, she should’ve been the one locked up way more than him; we 3 little kids were in a hell-hole of our own, living with her- he used to be the one to save us from her- until she had him carted away by the cops!

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