“Asylum” Book is Done!

I am excited that the “Asylum” book is now available in the Washington Street Artists’ Co-op or online. The book presents more than 45 images from the project along with historical notes about the Kirkbride Plan facilities and the Weston hospital in particular.

“Asylum” is a photographic exploration of an extraordinary historical site in the heart of rural West Virginia. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (formerly the Weston State Hospital) is the largest cut stone masonry building in the western hemisphere, second in the world only to the Kremlin in Moscow. Closed and abandoned for many years, the building was closed and abandoned. Now privately owned, it is being preserved and partially restored and is open to the public for tours, ghost hunts, and other events.

Click on the thumbnail on the left to see a preview of the book.

The book is available online from Createspace, a division of Amazon, at https://www.createspace.com/3993382.

The “Asylum” exhibit is also on display in the Fire Hall Gallery at the Washington Street Artists’ Co-op and the Charles Town Visitors’ Center, 108 North George Street, Charles Town, WV. I will be in the gallery for a reception and book signing Saturday, October 6 from 6-8pm.

~ by Rsmith on September 28, 2012.

One Response to ““Asylum” Book is Done!”

  1. Rip … I’m excited to go see your exhibit. We visited the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum a week or so ago and took the 90 minute tour. I got some amazing photos. What a totally mesmerizing facility.

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