August 10, 2008
Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital, Brentwood, New York
I took this on my second visit to Pilgrim State. I always forget about it when I look through my photos of this place - mostly because I’m always looking at the ones from inside - but it might actually be one of the most disturbing images I have from the whole complex.
This was the medical and patient receiving building - directly across from the administration building. How could someone ever bring a loved one to this place with something like that lurking over the entrance? If ever there were a bad omen - that’s it.
I can’t imagine why this kind of detail would become part of the design plans for a psychiatric hospital - it seems to play into the whole idea that those places were evil havens of mistreatment. You’d think they’d go for something a little less terrifying… like bunnies.
August 28, 2010
Pleasure Beach, Connecticut
We made our Pleasure Beach Urbex mission about a month before the city had all of the houses and buildings bulldozed. They’ve decided to leave the island to nature, which has pretty much taken over anyway. I wish they would have left the houses standing - they would have been incredible structures (or semi-structures) to visit again in 10 years or so, when the wilderness had really grown through them all.
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