Traverse City State Hospital

Traverse City State Hospital opened in 1885 as the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane. As its name implies, it was founded to provide care for the population of northern Michigan.

One of several Kirkbride buildings constructed in Michigan, Traverse City is the last in existence. Today the hospital's Kirkbride sits within a large complex of buildings. Various cottages and other structures of different sizes surround it. This Kirkbride appears less ominous than some of the others documented on this site. The off-white walls, large un-boarded windows, and lack of overgrowth contribute to a much more wholesome aspect. Unfortunately, the building's administration section was deemed a fire hazard and was destroyed in 1963. Its replacement, a strictly utilitarian structure typical of mid-twentieth-century public architecture, spoils the beauty of this Kirkbride.

The good news is that the Traverse City community realizes that this building is still a treasure. Renovations are well under way, and the building will eventually become part of a mixed residential/commercial community within the larger city.

Other names for this hospital:

  • Northern Michigan Asylum
  • Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital
  • The Village at Grand Traverse Commons


Forum Topics

Cottage 36 Renovations At TC State Hospital
Here is some video footage of some renovation construction of Cottage 36 at the Traverse City State...
New Traverse City State Hospital Pic
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Traverse City State Hospital - Old Center
Here is a current picture of what the Traverse City Kirkbride looks like without the "Old...

Blog Posts

Traverse City Tunnels
Here's a short piece about the tunnels under the former Traverse City State Hospital's Building 50: The Tunnels Underneath Building 50. It's from a segment called Jack's Journal...
Points North: Traverse City State Hospital
Points North, a show on Interlochen Public Radio in Michigan, recently produced a program about Traverse City State Hospital: listen here. The program is 50+ minutes and full of...
Traverse City Transformation
The transformation of  Traverse City State Hospital into The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is probably a familiar story to most of you reading this blog. Reuse of the...