Save Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building from the Wrecking Ball

Peoria State Hospital's Bowen Building in Bartonville, Illinois. Photo by Michael Kleen

By Sylvia Shults A lot of ink has been spilled in the years since 1973, when the Peoria State Hospital closed its doors. People either love the hospital or they loathe it. And either of these positions is held with grim tenacity and furious passion. Now the Bowen Building, the public face of the PSH, is […]

Public Speaks Out on Peoria State Hospital

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For decades, Peoria State Hospital sat abandoned, collecting dust and ghost stories, and deteriorating from vandalism and neglect. In the past several years, however, efforts have been made to save and restore the Bowen Building, the main building at the Peoria State Hospital complex. These efforts have included opening up the property to films and […]

For the Incurable Insane


For the Incurable Insane is a forthcoming documentary produced and directed by Janette Marie Washington. Originating as a Senior Thesis, this feature-length documentary tells the history of the abandoned insane asylum, the Peoria State Hospital in the village of Bartonville, Illinois. Highlighted are the lives of the forgotten patients and revolutionary advocate, Dr. George Zeller. […]


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