The Essex County Hospital for the Insane 425 South Orange Avenue Newark, New Jersey

The Essex County Hospital for the insane was located at 425 South Orange Avenue. Built between 1882-1884 it occupied eleven and three eighths acres. The front building, facing the avenue, was over four hundred feet long. The rear building , parallel to the main building was connected to it by a three story wing. The hospital buildings were built of red brick and trimmed in stone. The latest word in caring for the insane , the building had all the “modern” conveniences in lighting, heating and ventilation, contained elevators and a fresh running water system. By the second decade of the 20th century Essex County had moved this institution to the Hilltop facility in Caldwell/ Verona. In 1925, West Side high School opened on the South Orange Avenue site.

The sender of the post card included in this blog noted to the card’s recipient, ” this is where they keep those who suffer insanity”.FullSizeRender (24)

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