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Weston - Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

71 Asylum Drive
304-269-5070

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, constructed between 1858 and 1881, is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is purportedly the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin. It was designed by the renowned architect Richard Andrews following the Kirkbride plan, which called for long rambling wings arranged in a staggered formation, assuring that each of the connecting structures received an abundance of therapeutic sunlight and fresh air. The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in 1864 and reached its peak in the 1950's with 2,400 patients in overcrowded and generally poor conditions. Changes in the treatment of mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its closure in 1994 inflicting a devastating effect on the local economy, from which it has yet to recover.



Reviews

Lisa Johnson

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
This place is really gorgeous. What happened to so many people was not gorgeous, but the structure itself is beautiful. I do like the informative tours they give. I like that some of the staff dress up in uniforms to add a sort of nostalgia touch to the place. I like that the people who own this asylum keep renovating it and using some of their money for educational purposes. They also have a wing set up so you can see the art from patients that stayed in the asylum. They do have a gift shop for shirts and souvenirs you want to take home with you. On the shot glasses it has the dates from when they started construction to the time the asylum officially opened. I do wish they would have had the dates from when they officially opened to the day they officially closed instead. Otherwise I would have picked one up. Other than that I have no complaints or anything negative to say about my time here. Everything was great. Even the people that worked there were super friendly.

Tara Greer

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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Even though I'm a fan of the paranormal aspect, I am so happy we took a historical tour! We were apart of a small group and only my husband and I stayed to tour more floors. This was when it got really good! Our tour guide told us more things out of the historical aspects of the building and even gave us a glimpse of other parts of the building that weren't included in our tour. I would love to visit again to learn even more!

Chris Clark

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Did the 90 minute "4 floor tour". While the up front cost seemed a bit high it was definitely worth the money. The guide was superb, how they managed to remember all the information they impart during the tour I'll never know. Huge improvement since we first visited a few years back. The restorations are coming along nicely. Parking is easy and the place is well signposted and easy to find. Can certainly recommend a visit.

Ketty Hudzinsky

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A very interesting place to visit, we took the VIP tour that included a bit on every subject. Our tour guide - Greg, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. One comment, I would have liked to receive more information regarding the evolution of mental illness treatment procedures.

Amanda Lilly

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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
This is such an interesting place. There is a lot of history to be learned and beautiful architecture. The ambiance is really unique as well. We were set up here for a BBQ bash and they were doing a lot of tours and had a haunted house. I would recommend going around Halloween as they have a lot of fun things going on. You can also book the place overnight, if you're feeling adventurous.

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