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Unfortunately, even a well-intended vision couldn’t prevent the abuse and mistreatment.
Overcrowding and lack of funding often left patients sleeping in fecal soiled bedding with little to no care.
Opened in 1880 near the heart of Buffalo, the hospital was revolutionary in its day.Like many of the insane asylums built during this period, the Buffalo State Asylum, later renamed the H. Richardson Complex, was part of the Kirkbridge Design. Thomas Story Kirkbridge, a respected psychiatrist in the mid 1800s who hoped to advance the design of mental facilities by separating patients by gender and severity of illness.(Photography by Jason Baker, check out his work right here) Care for the mentally incapacitated wasn’t always humane.Patients in nineteenth century insane asylums were often treated like animals, locked in cages and subjected to unethical treatments that were nothing less than torture.Many of the poor souls trapped behind the gothic stone walls would spend their entire lives there, the daily suffering creating a mind-numbing existence that would never end.
Some theorize that these old abandoned asylums are haunted because the dead were tortured and maimed to such a frightening degree, they couldn’t tell the difference between life and death.