Riverside Psychiatric Center
Riverside Psychiatric Center

Riverside Psychiatric Center

Riverside Psychiatric Center

Abandoned psychiatric hospital

Riverside (New York), United States

Riverside Psychiatric Center is a former New York State Psychiatric Hospital which was open from 1873 to the early 2000’s. The hospital was meant to hold 300 patients of either sex. However, the female wing of the hospital was built shorter than the male wing in belief that there would be fewer female than male patients admitted.

As a result, it is one of the few Kirkbridge Hospitals to have been built with asymmetrical wings. Changes in the treatment of mental illness, such as psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs, were making large-scale facilities relics and allowing more patients to lead more normal lives without being committed. As psychiatry moved forward, inpatient treatment became less popular and the decline of the psychiatric hospital proceeded.

Related content

Former Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
Morristown, New Jersey (United States)

Originally opened on August 17, 1876 for a cost of $146,000, the hospital was known as the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum at Morristown. The asylum officially received the familiar Greystone Park name in 1924. Initial fees were $3.50 per week...

The abandoned orphanage
North of the country, (France)

Completed in 1883 and funded by a local industrialist, this orphanage for boys has been built during a era marked by poverty and many children abandoned and left to their own end. Launched in 1875, the project was intended as a gift to the city...

At the corner of the street
Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

Built in 1875 in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville district located in the north of Montreal, Berri house is Second Empire style and has been part of the development of the sector, which began in the late nineteenth century. The city took possession of...

The old chapel
Great Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

This domain’s history is rooted in the nineteenth century, back when industrialists in Canada are mostly English or Scottish men. At that time, French-Canadian people, who form the majority of the population, do not participate in the economic...