CSH: Image Gallery

A photographic journey into Central State Hospitals past…

– Photos with an asterisk denotes images from the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper archives
Central Kentucky Lunatic Asylum – Circa 1884. Photo by Theodore Irvin Jr.
McNary Cottage, an open ward building for male patients named after Superintendent Hugh McNary. This was located behind the Eastern wing of the Administration building. – Circa 1896.
A front view of the Asylum. – Circa 1896 * 
A view of the Eastern female wing. – Circa 1896 *
Asylum ward attendants – Circa 1900 (Photo courtesy of Bob Richardson)
Pusey Building. – Circa 1901
View of the asylum looking east to west. – Circa 1901.
Dr. Thomas Palmer Satterwhite, President of the asylums Board of Commisioners from 1896 until 1903.
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The Amusement (Oaklawn) Building. – Circa 1903 * (This along with the Administration Building would be two of the final structures demolished in the late 1990’s.)
Lakeland Interurban Station. – Circa 1905
Administration building. – Circa 1905.
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The tennis court at Central. – Circa 1905
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View of the fountain and garden facing Lakeland Rd. – Circa 1905
Central Kentucky Asylum for the Insane. – Circa 1906
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Main dining room, located in the basement of the Administration building. – Circa 1906
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Second floor Male ward. – Circa 1906
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Female ward. – Circa 1906
Lakeland Road facing towards the asylum. – Circa 1906
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Amusement (Oaklawn) Building. – Circa 1906
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Auditorium in the Amusement Hall – Circa 1906
Interior of the Industrial and Amusement building. – Circa 1906. Including (from l-r) the ballroom, library, and basement billiard room.
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Carriage step in front of the asylum. – Circa 1906.
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View of the Administration building and front grounds from the 1907-1909 annual report.
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Central Kentucky Asylum for the Insane. – Circa 1910.
A group of patients watching a baseball game on the grounds. – Circa 1910
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The asylum laundry building. – Circa 1910
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A sketch of the new Tuberculosis ward at Central State. – March 1912.
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Open air porches for the women (left) and men (right) in the newly constructed Tuberculosis Shack. – October 1912. *
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The first graduate student nurse class in front of the Oaklawn Building. – Circa 1913. (In no order) Regina Bohon, Edith Green, Bess Sleet, Stella English, Nell Mehorney, Margaret Brown, Minnie O’Daniel, & Tina Padgett.
A group of male patients enjoying the day outside of Wards 26 and 27. – Circa 1913
Central State Hospitals engine room. – Circa 1913
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Concrete pump house. – Circa 1913.  The foundation of this building can still be found on the grounds
African-American wards and new water tower. – Circa 1913
Front of the Administration building. – Circa 1913
Central Kentucky Asylum for the Insane electric trolly car. – Circa 1914 (Photo courtesy of Bob Richardson)
Newly installed turbine in the hospitals powerhouse. – Circa 1915.
Hogs feeding on the farm. – Circa 1915.
The laundry. – Circa 1915.
Hogs feeding on the farm. – Circa 1917.
Central Asylum staff. – Circa 1918 (Photo courtesy of Bob Richardson)
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A group of former servicemen being treated at Central State. – Circa mid-1920’s
Isaac Hite descendant Jane Hite standing in front of the entrance to the cave. – Circa 1928
Hospital Kitchen. – Circa 1933 (Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville archives)
Hospital cafeteria. – Circa 1933 (Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville Archives)
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Superintendent W. R. Summers points to a leak in a pipe for the main water tank during an inspection. – March 1936. *
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A group of male patients congregating in a ward. – April 1937. *
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Two patients playing softball on the hospital grounds. – May 1939. *
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A group of patients awaiting a performance in the Oaklawn Building. – May 1939. *
The Administration Building. – February 1940. *
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Dr. Louis M. Foltz using a newly donated medical lamp while examining a patient. – February 1940 *
An all girl band from Loretto High School practicing before performing for the patients. – March 1940. (Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville archives)
The Loretto High School Band performing in the Oaklawn amusement building. – March 1940. (Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville archives)
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Photos showing the state of Central States disrepair and overcrowded conditions. – March 1940 *
Patients enjoying square dancing. – March 1940. *
Patients eating in the dilapidated male dining room at Central. – April 1940. *
The patients of Central State enjoying a outdoor talent show on the grounds. – September 1941. *
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Superintendent Isham Kimbell with Mrs. A.T. McCormack and a cow. – October 1941. *
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Kentucky Governor Keen Johnson and his party on an inspection tour at Central State. – October 1941. *
Superintendents Mansion – Circa 1942. (Photo courtesy of Bob Richardson)
Before and after pictures of Wards 21-25 (Kasey Building) after renovation. – March 1942. *
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Before and after pictures of the renovated interior of the ward building. – March 1942 *
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Before and after photos of the shower area in Pusey building during renovation. – 1942
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Before and after photos of a hallway in the Pusey building during renovation. – 1942
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Artist conception of what would become the Merritt Building. – 1942
Patient beds situated in the Amusement Hall due to the lack of roof over their wards. Due to lack of government funds, construction and renovations had been stopped. – December 1943*
Due to the shortage of government funds, this roof sits unfinished. – December 1943. *
A group of patients walking towards to dining hall amongst unfinished construction. December 1943 *
A ward nurse fixing a female patients hair in the dismal surroundings at Central. – December 1943. *
Nurses Dormitory. Circa 1943
Kentucky Governor Simeon Willis along with Dr. A. M. Lyon, director of the states mental institutions and Joshua B. Everett, chairman of the Board of Welfare at the dedication of the reconstructed Administration Building. – October 1944. *
Western side of the Occupational Therapy Building, formerly used as the African American segregated wards. Circa 1947
Western male ward. Circa 1947
Eastern female ward. Circa 1947
Patients waiting to be seen at the new cancer clinic at Central State. – August 1948 *
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Mrs. R. L. Smith, head of the swing room at Central State examines a dress made by a patient. Patients in Occupational Therapy would make most of the clothing worn by the general patient population, along with the sheets and pillowcases used at the Hospital. – September 1948 *  
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The new $350,000 kitchen at Central State. – July 1949 *
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70,000 gallons of food preserved for winter in the Hospitals cannery. – October 1949 *
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Drawing by T. D. Luckett of the proposed new female wing at Central State – January 1950 *
A patient undergoing a dismissal review on Wednesday or “Staff Day” at Central State. On the left Dr. J. A. Little, psychiatric consultant and to the right is Dr. Frank Peddicord, assistant Superintendent. – April 1950. *
A candid picture of the Administration Buildings front porch. – May 1950
A ward attendent supervising a group of elderly male patients. – June 1950 *
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Female patients cramped into hallways. A daily scene due to the overcrowded conditions at Central State. – July 1950 *
Members of the Shawnee Post, American Legion present a new television set as a gift to the patients at Central. – August 1950. *
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Superintendent Dr. A.M. Lyon supervising the installation of two new cafeteria units. – December 1950. *
A Christmas caravan arrives at Central State. – Dec. 1950 *
Thelma Osbourn, a volunteer from the Red Cross joins a Central patient in a game of shuffleboard in the male treatment ward. – July 1951 *
The Operating room at Central State. – Circa 1951.
A group of patients enjoying the grounds. – May 1952 *
A photo showing the overcrowded conditions at Central State. – May 1952 *
The newly constructed eastern female wing, built to house 292 patients. – November 1952 *
The beauty shop in the new female wing. – November 1952 *
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Side entrance to the newly built east Lyon wing. – Circa 1952
A Christmas caravan arriving at Central State to donate presents to the patients. – December 15, 1952 *
A view of the front of the Administration building and new Lyon wing. – Circa 1953.
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Members of the Grand Jury on their inspection of the conditions in the Merritt Building kitchen. The findings of this inspection would result in the indictments against Superintendent Dr. A.M. Lyon and the hospitals business manger G.W. Kincaid.- April 21, 1953. *
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Members of the Grand Jury inspecting the plumbing in the Merritt Building. – April 21, 1953. *
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Grand jury members being shown beds set up in the Merritt building hydrotherapy room to relieve overcrowding. – April 21, 1953. *
Dr. Wyman and his family on the front porch of the superintendents residence shortly after his appointment as Superintendent. – June 1953 *
The hospital laundry on fire. – December 1, 1953 *
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1955 aerial view of the grounds.
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Dr. T. A. Schramm (left) leading a staff conference, – February 9, 1956.
The Lakeland railroad station shortly before being demolished in March 1956. Built in 1892, this station served as the major arrival point for those visiting the asylum for many years. *
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Mrs. Wendell Alcorn, Administrative Director of the children’s unit helping a young patient with his letters. – April 1956 *
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Director of children’s services, Dr. Ethel O’Brien talking with two young patients from the children’s unit. – April 1956 *
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Installation of Central State Hospitals first Boy Scout troop, the Frank M. Gaines Post. – April 27, 1957. *
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Scoutmaster Russell Shrinkle, a psychiatric aide in the children unit, presents two scouts with Tenderfoot pins. – April 27, 1957 *
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Pictures of the new miniature golf course adjacent to Lakeland Rd. at Central State. – July 1957 *
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Photos of the renovated Tuberculosis unit. – August 1957 *
Clinical Director Dr. C.W. Morris receiving presents from Santa and Mrs. Claus. – January 1958 *
Overcrowded conditions for elderly woman in Ward M, located in the basement of the Auditorium. – April 1958 *
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Mrs. Lovelle Warren, a hospital physical therapist showing a member of the grand Jury an example of the overcrowded conditions. – April 11, 1958. *
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Dr. Fox chatting with two staff members manning the dart game during the annual Hospital picnic. (take note of the staff caricatures as targets) – August 14, 1958 *
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A tractor from Central is being used to cultivate the remains of the farmland for the hospital. Much of the farm land had previously been sold in 1958. – March 1959. *
Workers setting up for lunch in the $100,000 newly refurbished dining hall at Central State. – April 23, 1959 *
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Mrs. W. W. Marple, chairwoman of the Crescent Hill Woman’s Club at Central State with former chairwoman Mrs. W. R. Falkenburg. – June 28, 1959. *
Central patients enjoying a County Fair on the grounds. – August 1959 *
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A trio of student volunteers taking patients out for a picnic by Willow Lake. – August 9, 1959. *
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Nurse Augusta Raymond and student volunteer Marlene Bryant cleaning up after a rain leak. – August 9, 1959 *
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Two student volunteers, Angeline Waites and Marlene Bryant playing table tennis with two female patients. – August 9, 1959 *
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Two members of the Louisville Junior Chamber of Commerce, Merritt Marcus and Paul Bollinger finishing a paint job in a bathroom in the children’s unit. – August 30, 1959 * 
Members of the Saint Matthews Junior Chamber of Commerce doing some volunteer painting on Ward O. – November 1959 *
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College student volunteers prepare for an open house at Central in the new Rehabilitation Unit under the supervision of resident doctor John Wernert (fourth from left). – June 14, 1960 * 
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Christmas entertainment at Central State. – December 1960 *
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One of the many overcrowded wards at Central State – November 1961 *
Drawing of the proposed new campus buildings. – April 1962 *
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Drawing of proposed new dining hall. – April 1962 *
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Donna Jackson, a Central State nurse, demonstrates the dispensing of tranquilizers for patients. – April 22, 1962 *
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Boys from Southfields unloading a tree to be planted under the supervision of hospital consultant and landscape artist Edmund E. Ely. – April 29, 1962 *
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The new campus buildings undergoing construction. – June 1963 *
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Ernestine Patterson, Kenneth Hannawalt, and Mrs. Jane Phillips on a “Friendship” project at Central State. – August 15, 1963. *
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The new gymnasium under construction. – November 14, 1963 *
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Clinical Director Dr. Imogene Gobble, talking with Eugene Goodbub, Hospital Engineer and Robert P. Funk, Hospital Administrator in the new Administration buildings first floor lounge. – November 15, 1963 *
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The new two-story dormitories at CSH. – November 15, 1963 *
The main entrance to the new Administration building on the new campus. – March 1964 *
Members of CSH’s “Gateway” at a group therapy session. – April 1964 *
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Kentucky Governor Edward T. Breathitt is given a laboratory demonstration by Dr. Jan Balling during a tour of the new buildings. – May 1964 *
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Psychologist Thomas Colley during a therapy session with a child patient. – August 2, 1964. *
Cornelius Sandifort, the hospitals art therapist explaining some of the art work done by patients to a group of volunteer workers. – October 1964 *
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Superintendent Hayes supervising as the first patients are moved into the new main building. – July 29, 1965 *
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CSH Psychiatrist Wilber Mitchell administering Electro-shock therapy to a patient. – 1965 *
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A dilapidated section of the Kasey building. – April 1965.
Patients and hospital staff eating lunch in the new dining hall. – October 1965 *
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A patient using a loom in the Occupation Therapy Building. – October 1965 *
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Patients exercising in the new gym. – October 1965 *
Patients and Aides piecing quilts in a basement workshop. – October 1965 *
Patients working in the Hospital laundry. – March  1967 *
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A patient in their room in the Pusey Building. – March 1967 *
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A photo of a ward in the Pusey building showing that even with the additional new buildings at Central State, the overcrowded conditions continued to be a problem. – March 4, 1967 *
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A child patient showing the damage and missing ceiling tiles from a leaky roof in a dormitory in the Jefferson Building. – March 5, 1967 *
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A female patient suddenly attacking Mrs. Lamona Oldson, a psychiatric aide in the acute ward. – July 30, 1967. *
Mr. R.C. Abbott, a Central State patient cuts the ribbon at the formal dedication for the new hospital buildings along with Dr. Dale H. Farabee, the state commissioner of mental health. – November 1967 *
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The Christmas Nativity scene at Central State being inspected by patients and student nurse Ms. Joann Hunley. – December 1967 *
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A Lyndon fireman spraying down furniture after a fire is put out in a basement storeroom in the Bingham Building. – April 28, 1968. *
Mrs. Carolyn Murphy serves lunch to a patient. – July 28, 1968. *
Psychiatric aide James Scott works with a male patient. – July 28, 1968
Patients in art therapy. – February 1972 *
Administration building. Circa 1973
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Removing the spires. – July 1974 *
Local Louisville band Friction practicing in the Ackerly Gymnasium. – Circa 1975
A female patient eats her lunch while an inspection is conducted at (then) River Region Hospital. – Circa 1975 *
Firemen inspecting a hallway of the Merritt Building after putting out a fire. – January 4, 1976 *
Superintendents mansion – Circa late 1970’s (Photo courtesy of Bob Richardson)
Another view of the Superintendents Home – Circa late 1970’s (Photo courtesy of Bob Richardson)
Advertisement for nurses. Circa 1982 *
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Two employees walking with two patients on the grounds at Central. – December 1983 *
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A Central social worker counseling a patient. – December 1983.
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A group of potential investors walking the grounds during an auction of the Administration building. – April 1993 *
1996 Ariel view of the grounds, shortly before demolition began. 
Oaklawn Building prior to demolition. – October 1996 (Image courtesy of the U of L Cardinal newspaper)
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Former CSH maintenance worker Ron Radford digging through one of the old hospital dump sites.* – January 1997
The new Central State Hospital campus. – January 1999. *
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Small plague that once hung on the Cemetery fencepost. Circa 2010.
CSH Memorial plaque that was at one time located in the Gazebo. It has since disappeared. – 2005


– Contributed by Jay Gravatte

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