On May 18th 1927 a steam shovel made the first of many breaks in the earth. This was the beginning of construction on the state's new psychiatric facility: The Roseland Sanitarium. Acting governor of the time was quoted: "We need a new state hospital like (Roseland) at least every three years, to keep up with the growth in the number of the committed insane." "The state hospitals are today overcrowded about 30 percent, and the census is growing so rapidly that we can't catch up."
The following excerpt is from the September 1935 issue of the Psychiatric Quarterly.
"On January 1, 1910 there were 341 patients aged 10-14 years. By January 1, 1923, this number had grown to 634. The entire population of the United States has also shown increased rates of admissions to institutions for mental disease... the rate of increase has been greater at the younger age levels. Part of the increase in the rate of admission may be due to increased facilities for the treatment of mental disease."
Shortly after this publication Roseland opened it's children's unit.
After this the history gets a bit hazy. It is known though, that at it's peak, Roseland was one of the largest psychiatric facilities in the world.
The current property is in a strange state. A kind of limbo perhaps... Dotted across it's campus are many buildings, about half of them abandoned. The other half however, are operating hospitals and offices. The view from the main tower must be a melancholy one, from there you can gaze over the entire estate. You can see the old buildings, forgotten by all except the animals that now call them home.
Some barely visible, hidden by the trees and lost decades that envelop them...