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Weston State Hospital/ Lunatic Asylum

Weston State Hospital
aka "Lunatic Asylum West of the Allegheny Mountains"

Established 1858

"One of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the United States, the Weston Hospital took two decades to build following the original 1858 plan. Beautifully preserves and conforming to the innovative Kirkbride plan, this West Virginia facility -- once quite isolated -- was a model architectural community that operated for over one hundred years."

Still standing as of 1997, according to the Historic Preservation Service. The community is at this time trying to figure out appropriate uses for the building.

Another view of the Weston State Hospital

This former asylum made national news in 1999 due to thousands of dollars in vandalism damage by local police. There are plans underway to turn the main building into a National Museum of the Civil War.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful building and lovely grounds
  • Cons:Not being used any longer/going to waste
  • In a nutshell:Very beautiful building of historic value
  • Last visit to Weston: Apr 2005
  • Intro Written Apr 22, 2005
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  • KARLPORTER56's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2006 at 8:52 PM

    This is a tremendous facility. I hope it can be preserved..I saw it a few years ago and was just astounded by it.. Great pictures and description..


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