Studying the Design of a 19th-Century Mental Asylum

Click Here to Read: Studying the Design of a 19th-Century Mental Asylum: An exhibition at the National Building Museum explores St. Elizabeths in Washington, DC, and the history of mental health architecture in the United States by Allison Meieron the HyperAllergic Website on May 12, 2017.

An “old electric shock machine” used for patient therapy at St. Elizabeths in the early 20th century (1920s) (courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration)

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