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Some of the large state asylums for the mentally ill built in the late 1800s were designed with the idea that natural beauty has a healing effect. And architects designed the buildings to be majestic… not just institutional looking. In the decades since the asylums closed, their stately grounds remain valuable. But many of the fine buildings either have been torn down or are facing demolition. Some are being partially renovated for new uses. The GLRC's Bob Allen reports on one of the very few in the country that's being fully restored:

Thomas Kirkbride buildings

The Minervini Group

Producer: Bob Allen
Release Date: April 24, 2006
Running Time: 4:05

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