Greystone – Refurbish or Demolish?


No expense was spared in the construction of the lavish 1876 Main Asylum Building at Greystone Park (also called the Kirkbride Building) and the moral treatment it embodied was revolutionary.

It was an asylum in the best sense of that word, a refuge for the mentally ill from the torment and punishment commonly meted out to them in 19th Century society. Now rundown and neglected, the building’s days as a mental hospital are over. Recent studies seem to indicate that it remains a robust and economically viable structure, with enormous re-use potential, but demolition remains the State’s default option. Why?

What are some of the obstacles to bringing this magnificent public heirloom forward into contemporary relevance? Presented by the all-volunteer non-profit group Preserve Greystone, with group president John Huebner and historic preservationist Marjorie Wormser.

Sponsored by the Mount Tabor Historical Society on Thursday, March 14 at the Bethel, Trinity Park, Mount Tabor at 7:00 p.m.  with refreshments being served and at 7:30 p.m. will feature the program. For information call (973) 625-8548.

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