It’s called the “Old Main” and I wrote an extensive post with photos on it’s history, it’s most famous patient, and some stunning interior photos, in January. Today, the kids and I were visiting the Children’s Museum in downtown Utica (more on that later), and took a drive to York Street to see the Old Main.
The columns to the building are utterly tremendous. Who needs to see the Parthenon when you’ve got this? Their size is awesome. This building is famous for being the finest example of Greek Revival architecture in the world.
We went around the side of the building. The entire building is fenced in (with barbed wire on top!) and “DANGER: Hazardous Materials!” screamed at us. It was amazing that, for a building in the heart of a decaying city, the building is untouched by vandals.
From what I’ve read, there is an archives office on the first floor of the building… somewhere. I saw no way to access the building at all. On the campus, there are numerous other small buildings. These belong to the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center.
If you are interested in reading more about the history of the Asylum, or viewing great photos of the interior, see this post.