Once known as Weston State Mental Hospital, this Kirkbride design building has been opened to the general public for Paranormal, Historical and Photographic tours. It makes quite and impression when driving in the first time. I was drawn to the bridge across the street. The play of the light and the design of the foot/bike bridge struck me, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to shoot back at the old mental hospital. What can I say, I love RUST. This bridge just had character. Weston had character too. This is the view from the footbridge; I can only image how cool it looks in the fall. (Mostly because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to drive the 4 hours back this fall to see if I'm right!) I could have stared at this for hours. I still think it would make a great jigsaw puzzle. There really wasn't a bad view of the bridge - or the old buildings along the riverfront. The song “Hotel California” just kept playing in my head over and over. You know, you can check in - but you can never check out. The chair, the texture of the door, the missing panes in the windows, and the punch provided by the weeds growing through the steps made this shot for me! Drove around the neighborhood and couldn't resist getting out, walking thru the opening in the fence and taking a picture of the main building from the corner of the TB ward. We didn't get to tour that building but by the looks of it, they are working on clearing that one out too. More of my favorite, RUST! The iron work on the fence had a character of it's own. BROKENTook two shots to composite this; I wanted the building in focus - but loved the texture of the broken window. If there were this many doors - still in good shape, don't you sort of wonder how many rooms there were? Unfortunately it looks like they were cleaning them up - which for photogs who love the peeling paint look, it's already too late.