Allentown State Hospital – “A Different View”

For almost a full year, I was afforded the opportunity to catalog the interior and exterior of the Allentown State Hospital. I did this with fellow photographer Dave Rehrig. We just completed a joint exhibit that ran from November 2011 to February 2012 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. Several people from outside of the area that were not able to come to the exhibit, have asked me to post some of my images. The following are some of my images that were in the exhibit. For those of you who are not familiar, the Allentown State Hospital was a psychiatric facility located at 1600 Hanover Ave. in Allentown PA. It served the counties of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe and Pike. It was one of seven remaining psychiatric hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Allentown State Hospital was planned as early as 1901 but the opening was delayed until October 3, 1912. The hospital cost $1,931,270 to build. The population hit its peak in 1950 with 2,012 patients. Now 100 years later, the facility is closed. If you would like to see additional images click HERE.

7 Responses to “Allentown State Hospital – “A Different View””

  1. March 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Magnificent photos! Keep up the great work!

  2. 3 Jerry O'Neill
    March 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Great images- you have a wonderful eye. Thanks for taking the time to put them out where we could see them.

  3. 6 Ric Rupnik
    March 24, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Very nice photos. I took my Church choir here for a couple presentations around Christmastime prior to the closing. I remember being shown an operating theater…curious if you had a chance to photograph in there. Also, I’m not sure if it is what you intended, but the pictures in the right hand column on this site cant be enlarged…so it is a little hard to see exactly what is being depicted.

  4. May 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    What an opportunity to be able to shoot in this facility. I really like the composition and viewpoint. Thanks for sharing.

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