Napa State Hospital

To alleviate overcrowding at the state's first asylum in Stockton, California established the Napa State Asylum for the Insane. Its main building was erected between 1872 and 1876, and began housing patients in 1875. The architects were Wright & Saunders of San Francisco.

The asylum began on a relatively modest 192 acres of land, but eventually expanded to a prodigious 2000 acres. In spite of this surplus of land however, the old Kirkbride building was torn down in 1949 to make room for newer facilities.

The hospital continues today as an active psychiatric facility, though it has been downsized extensively in terms of population and physical size. Much of its land has become part of two neighboring parks.

Other names for this hospital:

  • Napa State Asylum for the Insane
  • Imola State Hospital


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Napa State Hospital - Circa 1950
Here's a nice little piece about being an attendant at Napa State Hospital around 1950 (before the Kirkbride was demolished).Napa State Hospital - Circa...
Nurse's Memories
Here's a Napa State Hospital nurse's memories of working at the...

Blog Posts

The Lost Kirkbrides: Napa State Hospital
This one's been a bit of a question mark, but the evidence I've seen points to there originally being a Kirkbride at Napa State Hospital in California. Unfortunately, if Napa...