1880 Voucher, Signed, James M. Cleaveland

Carriage vouchers were used to transport patients and staff of Hudson River State Hospital to and from the hospital grounds. As noted on the form, venders, were unable to claim a charge against the hospital for service unless the voucher was hand signed by Superintendent James M. Cleaveland. James M. Cleaveland was the first superintendent of…

Patients’ Store

Below are examples of patient money used to purchase items in the patient’s store. I have also included a sample of the offerings of The Community Store, which was located in the ground floor of South Wing directly behind the central Administration Building block. Patient money was printed in strips of 5 and measure approximately…

Preservation Effort: Historical

Beginning in 1979 the supervisors of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center (HRPC) began compiling and sending requests to the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to review and consider their request for the complete demolition of the recently closed patient wards; located in Building 51. The wards were deemed an “attractive nuisance”, and a risk to…

Main Building Statistics

• 509,853 Sq. Ft. Kirkbride complex: Administration, South & North Wings • Opened: October 18th, 1871 • Construction: 1868 to 1895 • Architect: Frederick Clarke Withers • Abandoned in stages: 1970’s to 2005 • Age: Constructed 1868 – 1895 • Framing 1: Stone & Brick Foundations, Load Bearing Walls, Brick Arches • Framing 2: Fireproof Steel…