Once the third-largest mental hospital in New York, the Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been abandoned since 1996. This massive facility, once home to ten thousand patients, has become a haunt of the ghosts of history.
Photographer J.R. Washburn takes the reader into a place rarely seen by the average person - into the heart of this abandoned asylum. Walk down the dusty corridors and sit in the decay-ridden rooms that once housed the patients and staff of Kings Park.
These clear, haunting photographs show the facility as it is today. They show how the historical structure has given way to time and vandalism - how the place has begun to decay without any effort to preserve it.
Living in the historic Connecticut River Valley, Jon has a profound interest in the abandoned and the forgotten - the things that we leave behind as humanity moves onward. Jon's first book, "Kings of Madness," documents abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Kings Park, NY.