Thursday, September 3, 2015

Florida State Hospital



Florida State Hospital is a hospital and mental institution located in Chattahoochee, Florida about 45 miles west of Tallahassee. The facility's property previously served as the Apalachicola Arsenal during the Seminole Wars and the American Civil War, and later became the site of Florida's first state prison. It was subsequently refurbished as a mental hospital, originally known as Florida State Hospital for the Insane, which opened in 1876. The first picture shows the current Administration Building of the hospital, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This building is probably one of the oldest structures of its kind in Florida. The two story brick and wood structure has a full basement, which is very rare for buildings or homes in Florida. It originally served as the Officers' Quarters for the arsenal. You can read about the history of this place on the sign in the second picture or at this link.

15 comments:

Halcyon said...

It looks pretty from the outside. Mental hospitals scare me though, back in those days I think it was pretty easy for women to get committed for "hysteria". I don't like to think about the things that went on in these places.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's such a lovely piece of architecture Lois, when I first saw it I thought it was a private residence for sure.. very 'Gone with the Wind' :) Like many old buildings it has a very interesting history.

Revrunner said...

Love those windows on the second story.

biebkriebels said...

A very pretty building.

VP said...

A beautiful and elegant building!

Birdman said...

That's a whole lotta white paint.

EG CameraGirl said...

I would never have guessed this was a state hospital. It's quite attractive on the outside.

Lowell said...

It's gorgeous. But what a history! It wasn't that long ago when we put away our mentally ill folks and forgot about them, often in quite dismal surroundings. This would have been an elegant alternative. If it didn't blow up! :) Thanks for sharing.

Re your comment about bears: I agree 100%. Must we really send a bunch of bozos with weapons in the woods to kill them? Crazy. And re the Episcopal Church - the original one, so far as I know, is Grace Episcopal downtown. That split over the gay issue just a few years ago, but the splittees, I believe, began another Episcopal church. We do have a couple of Anglican churches (including a cathedral - which is very nice) but I'm not sure why. There have always been a group of "high church" people within the Episcopal church, so I think that may be part of the reason for the Anglican groups. I do appreciate your approach to things!

Sylvia K said...

A beautiful building with a sad, scary history, but just looking at it now one finds it hard to believe the things that must have taken place inside over its many years!! Amazing! Terrific capture, Lois, as always! Hope you're getting ready for a lovely weekend!! Enjoy!

William Kendall said...

It is a beautiful building.

cieldequimper said...

Wow, it's a gorgeous building. What the walls have seen and heard I wouldn't want to see and hear though.

RedPat said...

It's a lovely building!

Jack said...

The lace detailing on the columns makes this building stand out.

Linda said...

Lovely building and interesting history!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lots of history in that pretty building! Doesn't look like typical Florida at all!