Image: Sylvain Margaine
“Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints…”
At the centre of a sprawling one square mile site is a vast and imposing building. Founded in 1875 and popularly known as Greystone Park, the New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane makes for a striking sight. Built to the Kirkbride Plan, the austere architecture was once alive with the throng of workers and inmates. It was a ‘self-contained city’ with dozens of buildings, including a fire station, post office, police station, a farm, and myriad other clerical and recreational constructions. Now, the corridors echo only with birdsong and the eerie whistle of the wind.