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

Heidi Johnson · 5 review

Believed that architecture and landscape could heal and he designed his castle like institutions accordingly giving them rooms with tall ornate 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 others are eerie derelict ghosts of former grandeur That is why there should be books like this one which celebrates the history and mostly successful preservation of the Northern Michigan Asylum Atmospheric photographs are accompanied by anecdotes and uotes many by former patients and caretakers There s even a bit of a ghost story If you re interested in learning about this type of architecture google Kirkbride Buildings there are some excellent websites on the subec. History Heidi Johnson's photographs of the building today are juxtaposed with rare images from private collections and state archives Johnson has captured Kirkbride's spirit of compassion of angels in the architecture in a book that conveys the human element of mental illness with beauty and integri.

Patients and staff Their tales shed a uniue light on a narrative that many of us probably don t have personal perspective on On top of fantastic anecdotes from these people the reader is treated to some beautiful photography of some very interesting and gorgeous architecture and detailing of the buildings that the patients and staff called home I found this book in a Traverse City bookstore after a recent visit to the old asylum yeah yeah make the comments about why they let me out of the asylum 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 Not enough information for me Grand relics of the 19th century the Kirkbride asylums are some of the most magnificent buildings built in America Thomas Kirkbride. 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 of this lost era Angels in the Architecture is a photographic study of this institution's one hundred year.

A beautiful display of photography Very sad that Heidi is no longer with us Heidi Johnson does a wonderful job piecing together the history of 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 of this hospital today yes it s still there I recently went on a tour of this State Mental Asylum and so the book was particularly of interest Great personal stories from employees who worked there I read this as background information for my NaNoWriMo novel this year And because when I visited it over the summer I was fascinated by it Really interesting bookplace This book was amazing It was such a great way to showcase not only the beautiful and sadly disappearing architecture but also the stories of former. In the nineteenth century perhaps no approach to mental illness was compassionate than that of 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 one of the last of ne.

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