Preservation Work: 1978-Present



By 1977, only the insane wing remained of the old complex. Recognizing the building’s “moving and thought-provoking glimpse into the history of public mental health care,” it was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. It was officially listed on the National Register in 1978.

Despite this listing, the asylum’s condition continued to worsen. By 1988, the floor systems and foundation had rotted away. The entire building would have to be raised, straightened and braced while the floor and foundation were rebuilt. Rot had to be removed, the walls and roof needed repair, and new windows and doors were needed.


Recognizing the building’s need of repair, the County Board of Supervisors allotted over $60,000 for this restoration. The county hired architects Kruse Associates to supervise the restoration and Don Brus, a contractor with experience in farm and historic buildings. After two years of work, the asylum was opened to the public on September 23rd, 1990.

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