What are thoughts now that the hospital is gone and destroyed?
sad no question about it. The architecture of those buildings
was absolutely incredible. In some of those outside walls
there were six layers of brick. The beams up in the attic
had wooden pegs. The slate roofs, the granite just unbelievable
craftsmanship. I never thought they'd tear it down. When it
made it on the National Historic Register I thought it was
J- Will you
visit once construction is completed?
P- I've been
up there already. On a recent trip back from Maine, I swung
up there to see if I could look around and they let me.
What did you think?
P- Well, I tell
ya. I didn't recognize a thing. That's not DSH anymore. The
only building that was still there was the old screen house
building which used to be the old engineering cottage. That
along with the water tower. They wouldn't let me around the
other side to see front & center (admin). And the lower
grounds, all those buildings are gone. For many years I worked
out of the old famer's cottage and that's no longer there.
It's sad and very very strange. You could never replicate
a place like that again. Never.
Did you have final thoughts? Anything you'd like to say?
P- Again, what
I'd like to reiterate is that the hospital was a great place.
Sure some bad things happened, that goes without saying. Any
hospital of that size you're bound to have some things go
wrong. I don't deny that. But the horror stories, ghost stories
are exaggerated. I've been up there all hour's of the night.
During every storm day and night you name it. Sometimes 2,
3, 4 in the morning whatever it took. I even stayed overnight
occasionally and what I saw was great care for the patients.
It was all about the patients. And most of them loved being
there. It was home. Like I mentioned before, they had concerts,
movies, arts & crafts, music lessons. At Christmas time
it was always open house. Anyone was welcome. You didn't even
have to work there or know anyone. You could walk right in
and stay and many people did. It really bothers me when people
say it was a snake pit because it really wasn't.
If the hospital opened tomorrow, would you go back?
P- Oh without
a doubt. Absolutely. Wouldn't even think twice about. I miss