Image: Fred Szabries
Exterior view of Northampton State Hospital, a.k.a. The Lunatic Asylum at Northampton
Few places hold the power to chill the spine more than an abandoned mental institution. And few abandoned mental institutions could thrill the senses like the Northampton State Hospital, formerly perched on Hospital Hill in Northampton, Mass. Initially intended to sooth the nervous mind with relaxing colors, music and art, this “Lunatic Asylum,” as it was first called, was a true masterpiece of architecture.