July 1st, 2008
I just heard this from a friend: on June 3rd, Nor-East Architectural Antiques burned to the ground. Nor’East was the company that won salvage rights to Danvers State Hospital as well as to the Northampton, Foxboro, and Metropolitan state hospitals.
Not only have we lost most of the buildings, but now all these artifacts are gone as well. I don’t know all the details, but there must have been many beautiful pieces of asylum history that burnt in the flames. Hopefully a good number of items salvaged from the hospitals were sold well before this tragedy though.
Nor’East appears to be doing okay in spite of this horrible setback to their business and is soldiering on. I’m sure we all wish them the best.
I’m surprised I didn’t hear about this sooner. Usually stories like this one travel fast.
UPDATE: I found a few articles related to this story.
- The Top 5 Kirkbride Buildings June 24, 2008
- State Hospital Stories Out of Time October 6, 2009
- Danvers Archival Center on Danvers State Hospital September 3, 2013
- Second Life for Danvers? Sort of… January 11, 2008
- Richardson Complex Triage April 19, 2010