Time is Short for Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building


[Mysteriousheartland.com] Long rumored to be haunted, Peoria State Hospital’s majestic Bowen Building in Bartonville, Illinois may soon join the list of legendary locations lost to the wrecking ball. According to WMBD News, Bartonville’s board of trustees approved a $400,000 loan earlier this month that will cover the cost to demolish the Bowen Building. The village hopes […]

Interview with Janette Marie, Creator of For the Incurable Insane


Janette Marie started college as a Marine Biology major but quickly learned that she wanted to study film and earned her BA in Cinema and Photography in 2007. Long before she decided to pursue the arts, she was interested in photography. Even in high school, she brought her film cameras and video camera nearly everywhere. […]

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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