A Brief History of Columbus, Ohio
Franklin County Ohio, Genealogy and History

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Submitted by Ruth Ficarra
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Date: February 10, 2000

The Ohio Lunatic Asylum
Taken from Columbus City Directory 1852

Dr. E. Kendrick, Superintendent. Salary $1200. Dr O.C. Kendrick Senior Assistant Physician, $600. Dr C.R. Pierce Junior Assistant Physician, $500. L.A. Curtis Steward Salary $600. Mre P.A. Vavsickle Matron Salary $300. The Ohio Lunatic Asylum occupies a beautiful lawn northeast of Columbus and is about one mile distance from its public square. It is a stupendous pile of brick ans stone work which presents an imposing appearance as seen from every part of the State Capitol ans surrounding country. The structure faces south. It is quadrangular, and measures 376 feet in front by 218 feet in the rear. The buildings cover just one acre of ground, and inclose an area of 1864 yards. The main contre building is three stories high and an attic in height above a basement., the wings and new buildings are three stories high;and a walk through all its different galleries and passages exceeds one mile. it contains rising 5,2000,000 bricks and something like 50,000 fett of cut stone. The entire cost to the state was about $150,000, including work done by the convicts of the Ohio Penitentiary., which constituted a large item in this account.

There are three more paragraphs on the constuction and description of the Asylum. The Asylum was opened for the reception of patients in the fall of 1838. It gives totals of patients treated. Males and Females. In the year of 1852 an act was passed for two more asylums were built in the south and north part of the state.

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