Heidi Johnson: Angels in the Architecture A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum Great Lakes Books

Re interested in learning about this type f architecture google Kirkbride Buildings there are some excellent websites Ceux de la posie vcue on the subect Not enough information for me I recently wentn a tour f this State Mental Asylum and so the book was particularly f interest Great personal stories from employees who worked there Heidi Johnson does a wonderful job piecing together the history f the Traverse City State Hospital using beautifulphotographs as well as stories from people who where there so that those who aren t familiar with this Northern Michigan landmark can learn about it and appreciate it After you read this book I highly recommend doing some research into what has become f this hospital today yes it s still there A beautiful display Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty of photography Very sad that Heidi is no longer with us I found this book in a Traverse City bookstore after a recent visit to theld asylum yeah yeah make the comments about why they let me ut f the asylum. Arly two hundred such architecturally intriguing asylums Founded in 1885 under the principle beauty is therapy the Northern Michigan Asylum closed in 1989 and today stands as a haunting reminder Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 of this lost era Angels in the Architecture is a photographic studyf this institution's ne hundred year.

Grand relics f the 19th century the Kirkbride asylums are some f the most magnificent buildings built in America Thomas Kirkbride believed that architecture and landscape could heal and he designed his castle like institutions accordingly giving them rooms with tall rnate windows creating beautifully landscaped gardens and building crennellated towers bearing elaborate clocks They were fantastical and imposing buildings and they sheltered innumerable addicts mentally ill people vagrants and misfits back when psychological treatments were fairly barbaricUnfortunately many Kirkbrides are long since demolished and Kaleidoscope others are eerie derelict ghostsf former grandeur That is why there should be books like this The Four Racketeers one which celebrates the history and mostly successful preservationf the Northern Michigan Asylum Atmospheric photographs are accompanied by anecdotes and uotes many by former patients and caretakers There s even a bit f a ghost story If you. In the nineteenth century perhaps no approach to mental illness was compassionate than that f hospital administrator Thomas Story Kirkbride whose asylum designs integrated beauty and nature as a method to treat patients The Northern Michigan Asylum in Traverse City Michigan was Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters onef the last f ne.

I should have purchased it BeautifulI m glad they chose to renovate the building it is haunting and beautiful at the same time A place that used to house drug addicts the mentally ill and developmentally delayed now is home to an amazing restaurant artsy shops and hip condoshttpwwwthevillagetccom This book was amazing It was such a great way to showcase not nly the beautiful and sadly disappearing architecture but also the stories The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness of former patients and staff Their tales shed a uniue lightn a narrative that many Dark Diversions of us probably don t have personal perspectiven On top Lili a un chagrin d'amour of fantastic anecdotes from these people the reader is treated to some beautiful photographyf some very interesting and gorgeous architecture and detailing Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of the buildings that the patients and staff called home I read this as background information for my NaNoWriMo novel this year And because when I visited itver the summer I was fascinated by it Really interesting bookplac. History Heidi Johnson's photographs f the building today are juxtaposed with rare images from private collections and state archives Johnson has captured Kirkbride's spirit f compassion f angels in the architecture in a book that conveys the human element f mental illness with beauty and integri.

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