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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- 1111 Elmwood Ave
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- 43.11995281336099, -77.61406981942855
- Monroe County, New York
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