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Margaret Schilling’s Trace at The Ridges (née Athens Lunatic Asylum)

Kirkbride Plan Hospitals for the insane, like all asylums, have complex and difficult histories. Embracing those histories, at a local community level and at a broader human scale, is critical to preserving these remarkable structures and finding new meaningful lives for their continued and sustainable use. Erasure of these immense three-dimensional historical documents and the

New Friends at Oregon State Hospital: Part 2

Below is Part 2 of 2 mini-reports on my recent visit to Oregon State Hospital, the oldest remaining State building in Oregon, and one of the few remaining Kirkbride Hospitals west of the Mississippi. [Part 2 of 2: posted to FB July 25, 2016] Prior to visiting OSH, I conveyed to preservationist Hazel Patton my

New Friends at Oregon State Hospital: Part 1

Below is Part 1 of 2 mini-reports on my recent visit to Oregon State Hospital, the oldest remaining State building in Oregon and one of the few remaining Kirkbrides west of the Mississippi. [Part 1 of 2: posted to FB May 29, 2016] Just 2 weeks ago I visited Oregon State Hospital, in Salem, OR,