February 13th, 2013
Ohio University (current owner of the former Athens State Hospital site now known as The Ridges) is set to tear down an historic building at the site next month. Read more about it here: Ridges TB Ward to Be Razed Next Month Despite Historical Society Efforts to Save It. Although the structure being demolished isn’t the Kirkbride, the article also mentions the university’s plans to tear down most of the Kirkbride building’s wings in the future. See this diagram for what will be destroyed: Plans for The Ridges.
The Athens County Historical Society and Museum is trying to get the school to preserve the remaining buildings at The Ridges, including the Kirkbride. To help them, please sign the online petition. Also please consider contacting the university’s president and board of trustees directly.
Sign the Petition
Contact the President and Board of Trustees
Ohio University Office of President (contact info at bottom of page)
Ohio University Board of Trustees (contact info at bottom of page)
- Asylum on the Hill – New Book on Athens State Hospital March 20, 2012
- Athens State Alligator October 17, 2008
- Virtual Tour of Athens State Hospital July 8, 2009
- Athens In Peril? February 18, 2008
- It’s Real November 6, 2008