I found this eerie article on brainpickings.org about photographer Christopher Payne who has documented the afterlife of 19th century insane asylums – hauntingly beautiful buildings and fascinating glimpses into the lives of the people who lived there and what remains of these institutions now.  You can read the rest of the article here. All images from Christopher Payne.

Straightjacket, Logansport State Hospital, Indiana

Patient Dresses, Clarinda State Hospital, Iowa

Typical Ward, Buffalo State Hospital, New York

Autopsy Theater, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, DC – beautiful Eames chairs

Patient Toothbrushes, Hudson River State Hospital, New York

Beauty Salon, Trenton State Hospital, New Jersey

Patient Suitcases, Bolivar State Hospital, Tennessee

Mead Buliding Lobby, Yankton State Hospital, South Dakota

Bathtub, Fairfield State Hospital, Connecticut

Bowling Shoes, Rockland State Hospital, New York

Hall with Chairs, Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts

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