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Angels in the Architecture: A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum by Heidi Johnson Online



Angels in the Architecture: A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum

Angels in the Architecture: A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum

  • Title: Angels in the Architecture: A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum
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  • ISBN : 9780814332122
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 212 pages


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 nearly two hundred such architecturally intriguing asylums Founde 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 nearly 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 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 integrity


Author Heidi Johnson




Angels in the Architecture: A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum Reviews (9)

  • 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 Beautiful.I m glad they chose to renovate the building it is haunting and beautiful at the same time A place that use [..]

  • Grand relics of the 19th century, the Kirkbride asylums are some of the most magnificent buildings built in America Thomas Kirkbride believed that architecture and landscape could heal and he designed his castle like institutions accordingly, giving them rooms with tall ornate windows, creating beau [..]

  • 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 patients and staff Their tales shed a unique light on a narrative that many of us probably don t have personal perspective on On top of fantastic anec [..]

  • Heidi Johnson does a wonderful job piecing together the history of the Traverse City State Hospital using beautiful photographs, 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 t [..]

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