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Heritage Talk #5: Building an Asylum


Deepwood Museum & Gardens
1116 Mission St SE 97302 Salem United States
Building an Asylum: Moral Therapy and the Architecture of the Oregon State Hospital
presented by Megan Lallier-Barron, Curator
Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health

Thomas Kirkbride made a lasting impact on the construction of mental health facilities when he published On the Construction, Organization, and General Arrangements of Hospitals for the Insane with Some Remarks on Insanity and Its Treatment in 1854. The design he advocated for, known now as the Kirkbride Plan, was based on the principle of Moral Therapy. This talk will explore the concepts of Moral Therapy, the work of Thomas Kirkbride, and the design and construction of the Oregon State Hospital, formerly the Oregon State Insane Asylum.