Rockland Psychiatric Centre, New York
Located in Orangeburg, New York, this huge psychiatric facility offers in-patient treatment for adults and children. It’s 600 acre grounds include a still active 400 bed facility (an approximate figure) along with a number of closed and now abandoned buildings in various stages of decay.
Originally established in 1927, Rockland State Hospital provided approximately 5760 beds, a figure which by 1959, had soared to 9000. However cost cuts, asbestos issues, a drop in patient numbers and movements from the old facility across to the more modern structures have resulted in the abandonement of a number of the facilities older buildings. Now crumbling and falling apart, the forgotten interiors of these structures provide a nightmarish visual which could easily be mistaken as a set for horror films such as Silent Hill or a Nightmare on Elm Street.
The children’s section of the hospital contains an abundance of various decayed playrooms. Colorful toys and furnishings are strewn across moldy floors and photographs of previous residents still remain on cracked and peeling walls. Creepy long passageways connect to different sections of the complex with original murals depicting scenes of American history adorning the walls.