Morgan Cottage at Manteno State Hospital Demolished

[] Rumors that Morgan Cottage at Manteno State Hospital in Kankakee County, Illinois has been torn down may finally be true. Morgan Cottage was the last remaining abandoned building on the former mental hospital campus. For years, urban explorers, vandals, and amateur paranormal investigators sought out the building as the last remnant of the old hospital they could safely explore. Chad Glovier and Travis Dahlhauser of the Greater Rockford Apparition & Ghost Group (GRAGG) recently posted photos sent to them by a fan reportedly showing construction equipment and debris at the former site of  Morgan Cottage.

On May 30, Facebook user Christine Ritchie commented on a post at the Manteno State Hospital Facebook page, “As of may 2015 the Morgan cottage has been torn down.” Here are the photos:

Manteno State Hospital opened its doors in the early 1930s. Like Peoria (Bartonville) State Hospital, Manteno was laid out in a “cottage plan,” which meant that the patients were housed in a series of separate buildings rather than in one single institution. When it first opened, Manteno accommodated 6,620 total residents. Underground service tunnels linked all the buildings. In 1939, in an incident that Time magazine referred to as the “Manteno Madness,” 384 patients and staff came down with typhoid fever and more than 50 ultimately died.

Manteno State Hospital was later renamed the Manteno Mental Health Center and closed in 1985. The north side of campus became a veteran’s home. Other buildings were consolidated into the Illinois Diversatech Campus and rented to businesses. The main administration building became a bank. Despite public health concerns, a housing project called Fairway Oaks Estates was recently built at the location. Since the hospital’s closure, many people have visited its remains and have come away with strange stories. They have seen apparitions of patients and nurses, and have heard voices over the long-defunct intercom.

Manteno State Hospital was the setting for photographer and artist Kristyn Vinikour’s photo series “The Gennie Messages,” based on the experiences of a female patient named Genevieve “Gennie” Pilarski. Her photographs featured haunting images of a model posing as Gennie juxtaposed with quotations painted on the walls and on the model’s body.

“We are devastated by the loss of the Morgan Cottage,” Travis Dahlhauser said. “It’s a loss for people who love haunted history and exploring amazing places. Without our experiences at the Morgan Cottage, we wouldn’t be doing what we love doing. We’ve explored and investigated dozens of locations, but the Morgan Cottage was the only one that brought us back multiple times. We developed our own ‘Manteno Madness,’ so to speak. I wish I knew our last visit would be the last time we’d see it. It was truly the most haunted location we’ve experienced. I’m sad to think people in the future will not be able to experience first hand what lied in those amazing ruins. They’ll only be able to read about it. I wish we could have done something to keep it standing. I’m so happy we got to experience it first hand. We were lucky.”

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  1. Anyone know about Mary Colleen Mulvihill Norton who was there in 1956 + contact


  2. Finally about time. This place was a draw for all the idiot hipsters fron 250 miles around. This news made my day .



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