A Brief History of the Main Building

Legislature determined to erect a second State Hospital in another section of the State, and they authorized the Governor to appoint Commissioners to receive by gift, or contract for the purchase of a suitable site on or near the Hudson River, below the City of Albany, upon which to erect the Hudson River State Hospital…

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…