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May 14th, 2009

Taunton Demolition to Begin Soon

Taunton Asylum
This morning, a reader sent me the URL to this article. The important part of which being the second to last sentence reading:

“[T]he company also expects within the next 30 days to start work tearing down 24 empty buildings on the grounds of the Taunton State Hospital.”

So demolition of the Taunton Kirkbride is a sure thing and it looks like it’ll happen this summer. There’s not much to say but too bad. It will be missed.

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Discussion

  1. WSH May 19, 2009, 2:01 pm

    I bet the UE guys will be swarming this place for there “last chance” to see it!

  2. John May 27, 2009, 11:07 am

    They just sealed up the hole in the fence this week. Damn, damn damn. I put it off for too long.

  3. Old timer but novice June 5, 2009, 5:36 pm

    i knew when yall talked about climbing the fence it was complete bullshit lol

  4. Climb more. June 18, 2009, 2:52 pm

    I patched the hole. Climbing the fence is very real.

  5. Brian July 20, 2009, 10:19 am

    I would love to go on a tour of these fine old gothic buildings. I hope I get a chance to see something like this before they are all torn down.
    I consider these hospitals to be the true haunted houses.

  6. Cassie September 2, 2009, 11:43 am

    Have they already started tearing it down? I would love to add this to my list of places to visit. Just curious as to what’s left of it.

  7. Ethan September 2, 2009, 12:40 pm

    I personally don’t know. I haven’t visited Taunton in a long time now. I just want to pretend that it’s still there and always will be:). But maybe someone else will come along and provide an update.

  8. ritchcot September 2, 2009, 10:59 pm

    ‘swung by the wonderful structure yesterday and the roof had been completely stripped. there had been roofing a month before when i ate lunch in the parking lot and a cop questioned me. sad to see progress in the demolition process.

  9. Ethan September 3, 2009, 10:35 am

    Nah nah nah nah! I can’t hear you!

    But seriously, it breaks my heart that such a beautiful old building is being torn down.

  10. gil September 8, 2009, 11:14 pm

    the only good news, sort of, is that they are salvaging a lot of it for recycling. they also removed a steeple and that might be used again elsewhere.

  11. ritchcot October 21, 2009, 8:50 am

    …bricks are falling.

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