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The Essex County Hospital Center

The Essex County Hospital Center, colloquially known as Overbrook Asylum, was built in 1896 in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. At its height in the 1930s and 1940s it was practically its own city, but as psychiatric medications and the move towards less restrictive, community based settings gained prevalence starting in the 1970s, the patient population waned. In its final years many of the buildings were abandoned even though a few remained in use, and the entire property was finally decomissioned in 2007. It remained a popular attraction for urban explorers, ghost hunters, and vandals until it was finally torn down.

Photographs and unattributed text by Matthew Christopher. For more images click the thumbnails below.
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Recliner
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Hair Salon
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Don't Be a Parrot
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Suicide-Proof Stairwell
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Workshop Area
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Like They Just Left
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Cluttered Hallway
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Do Not Touch TV Ask Staff
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Barren
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Building 4 Ward 35 Entrance
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Surveying the Walkway
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Reception Building Wards 53-58
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Autumn Wall Print
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Building 3 Entrance
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Tailor Shop
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Morgue
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Bedroom Doors
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Rolling Recliner
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Tunnels
Overbrook Asylum (Cedar Grove, NJ) | Long Alley by Clothing Boutique