Abandoned Mental Hospital
At certain lengths of the building, there are towers with each floor containing a sunporch of sorts, adjoining the wards. This porch allowed a flood of sunlight into the now-darkened hallway.
“Barber and Beauty Shop.” Despite whatever conditions we might think of a patient to be in, some tried to retain a sense of dignity and beauty. Although this did not apply to everyone - not showering every other day, or having an unkempt, unshaven appearance might be grounds for not earning "Honor Card" minutes - some patients tried. Upon learning of their transferal to another facility as this one closed, a group of patients at an orientation meeting asked questions such as "Do they have a beauty parlor?', "What kind of shampoo do they have?", etc..
One thing an abandoned building does not tell are the sounds we would have heard when the building was in use. The walls of these dorm rooms stop not even seven feet up, making each patient all too aware of the others.
“Honor Card Rules.” The Honor card was a patient's ticket to beyond the doors. Good for 15, 30 or 60 minutes, unescorted. The long list of behaviors that would nullify such a card implied it was an honor not easily achieved for most patients.
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