Rochester Abandoned Psychiatric Center

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Although I’ve heard a lot about Rochester’s abandoned buildings, I hadn’t been to any of them out of apprehension and a little bit of fear. This one day that I did go, I brought my camera to try to capture the decaying architecture of the places.

There are a ton of stories about the Rochester Psychiatric Center, also known as the Monroe County Insane Asylum. The hospital that the asylum operated under has been maintained and renovated for present day use, but a few of the buildings were closed and now exist as creepy remnants in varying states of decay. These remaining infrastructures are allegedly the final resting places of many of the hospital’s past patients. I’ve heard claims of people hearing cries or shrieks from inside, and passing by but feeling people watching them from inside, occasionally swearing they saw someone out of the corner of their eyes.

As most of the buildings have been boarded up, I wasn’t able to go inside any of the buildings (and, to be honest, I wasn’t necessarily looking for a way in). The howling winds of Rochester, NY, and the cold, eerie weather set the mood and I was definitely feeling a little spooked, even as I walked around its exterior, assuming that every sound I heard was coming from someone or something inside of its walls. Going through my pictures afterwards, I took the picture attached. It was inside of the Walters Building. I seemed to have captured an unnatural blur in a high window, possibly evidence of the paranormal. Considering the building’s history, I can’t even say it was unexpected to make such a discovery.

(Submitted by Mika)

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Geographic Information

Address:
1111 Elmwood Ave
Rochester, NY
United States

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GPS:
43.11995281336099, -77.61406981942855
County:
Monroe County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Rochester, NY (2.4 mi.)
Brighton, NY (3.7 mi.)
Pittsford, NY (5.4 mi.)
North Gates, NY (5.9 mi.)
East Rochester, NY (6.4 mi.)
Irondequoit, NY (6.7 mi.)
Greece, NY (7.4 mi.)
Fairport, NY (8.8 mi.)
Scottsville, NY (9.3 mi.)
Spencerport, NY (10.6 mi.)

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  1. Do you know by any chance if theres any way into Walters? I was able to check out and access Terrence, but i haven’t seen anything recent on Walters, besides a year ago.

  2. I was a patient there when I was 19 years old and spent 72 days. It was 1982. It was hell being a patient being there. It was haunted back then. The place was gross, cold, abusive. The rapes and torture that occurred there was off the charts. It made you more mental. Camelot, is what they called their “security”, tortured and raped the patients constantly. It was so bad then. People were there in their 80s, that lived their whole there. Being dropped off when they were babies. If you weren’t that crazy when you went, you were definitely worse after you left. I’ve always wanted to go back but I went in panic mode just seeing the pictures. That place was evil and corrupted everybody who ever lived there,worked there, was a patient there. The spirits there won’t rest. You can’t rest in that in kind of chaos. I wish I could describe it better than just evil. That’s the only word I can use. I can still hear the screams, like it was yesterday.

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