Tag Archives: Norristown State Hospital

House at Norristown State Hospital

I’ve done some pictures from the Norristown Farm Park ( these drawings of Getty Cottage might ring a bell) and you may remember that the park was once the farm for the adjacent Norristown State Hospital. Patients left the hospital grounds to work on the farm in various occupations up until the 1970’s – it was thought beneficial for mental patients to have work of this sort, if they were able.

Often we walk on both properties when we go to the Farm Park – it’s easy to cross into the campus, which, though mostly closed, still has interesting buildings of all eras to view. This house is one of them. I took the photo and made the following drawing in August, 2020.

Pen, in my 8″ x 8″ sketchbook.

Peeling Paint is Beautiful

I took this photo in July, 2020 at Norristown State Hospital, Norristown, PA. It’s a door on one of the mothballed buildings at the facility. (For more info on this site, look here.)

I love peeling paint, so this door caught my eye right away. And what about the reflection of the building across the way in the windows?

This hospital site has a long history. Now it is waiting for what happens next, with the marks and signs of its past still very clear for those who take the time to look.

Door NSH 7-5-20