East Lawn, formerly known as the Female Chronic Wing, was completed on October 2nd of 1929. Overcrowding at the Public House for the Insane in New Westminster was done away with, with the new building creating 360,903 square feet of room for female patients; making it the largest building on the Riverview site. As with […]Read more "Riverview Mental Hospital – East Lawn"
As the hospital population increased at Essondale, there was a pressing matter for a new institutionalized building to be constructed. The second building, the Acute Psychopathic Unit, now known as Center Lawn, was opened on November 1, 1924. The new buildings original capacity was 300 beds, which was soon over loaded. The new building made […]Read more "Riverview Mental Hospital – Center Lawn"
Warning: this post is picture heavy as West Lawn is my favourite building on the property and the building that I have been inside the most. Known as the “Male Chronic Wing”, West lawn was the first of the permanent buildings to be erected on the bench land to the north of Colony Farm, the […]Read more "Riverview Mental Hospital – West Lawn"
I realized that in my Riverview/Essondale post, I mentioned quite a few of the treatments for mental illnesses that they used in the early 20th century, which some people might not know what they entail. In this post I will cover the details on hydrotherapy, insulin shock treatment, metrazol therapy, , electroconvulsive therapy, and lobotomies. […]Read more "Mental Health Treatments"
The site of Riverview Mental Hospital has played a huge part in my life in sense of abandonments and the paranormal. Being so, I will be writing a blog on each of the buildings, including only my best pictures out of the thousands that I have taken there. In 1876, the Royal Hospital in Victoria […]Read more "Riverview Mental Hospital/Essondale"
History Tranquille Sanatorium opened in 1907 due to the tuberculosis epidemic (also known as the white plague) at the turn of the century. The area itself, just outside Kamloops city limits, where the North and South Thompson meet and flow into Kamloops Lake was purchased in 1905. The 191 acre area and community built […]Read more "Tranquille Sanatorium/Padova City"