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 […]

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 […]

Will Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building be Sold off Brick by Brick?

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Bartonville, Illinois (Trueillinoishaunts.com) – “No,” says owner Richard Weiss. Unless he is forced to take drastic action due to the building’s deteriorating condition, that is. Late last week, both the Peoria Journal Star and the State Journal-Register reported that demolition and sale of the building was being discussed in order to pay back $340,000 the […]

Journal-Star: State Hospital Plan Loses Backer

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The Peoria Journal Star has reported that an investor interested in helping restore the Bowen Building at the former Peoria State Hospital has backed out of the project. Sources tell me that the article isn’t entirely accurate in its portrayal of the situation, but here is a link so you can read up on it […]


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