Wednesday, January 2, was one of the nicest days we've had in a long while, sunny and pleasant after months of rainy and cold weather. My son-in-law and I decided to spend the day doing photography at the Northern State Hospital, a place I had heard of, but had never visited, except for one building. Our handicapped son was for six weeks at the North Sound Treatment Center, a modern facility on the grounds of the old hospital, but during the time we visited him there we only caught glimpses of the older buildings and grounds. This time we intended to explore them thoroughly and having seen pictures of the abandoned and derelict buildings on the internet, hoped to come home with some good photos, though we were unsure of what we would find, since there are other things now going on at the site.
Twin Sisters from Highway 9
Northern State Hospital lies just off the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) on the east side of the town of Sedro-Woolley. The Cultural Landscape Foundation describes it as follows: "Undertaken by the State of Washington in 1909, Northern State Hospital was constructed as a state of the art, self-sustaining occupational therapy and treatment facility for the mentally ill. Masterfully designed by Olmsted Brothers, the site included patient and staff housing, a dedicated reservoir, lumber mill, quarry, steam plant, and more than 700 acres of farming and livestock operations. The hospital ended operations in 1973 and, today, the Washington State Department of General Administration and Skagit County are stewards of the site, and has converted the agricultural area into the Northern State Recreation Area."
Hospital and Administration Buildings
Barns and Stables