Columbus State Hospital

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Columbus State Hospital
Columbus State Hospital c. 1880.jpg
20th century aerial view of the hospital
Location1960 West Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, United States
Funding Public hospital
Type Specialist
Speciality Psychiatric hospital
Closedlate 1980s
Lists Hospitals in Ohio
Central Ohio Lunatic Asylum
Columbus State Hospital
NRHP reference No. 86000851
Added to NRHPApril 24, 1986

Columbus State Hospital, also known as Ohio State Hospital for Insane, was a public psychiatric hospital in Columbus, Ohio, founded in 1838 and rebuilt in 1877. [1] The hospital was constructed under the Kirkbride Plan. [2]


The building was said to have been the largest in the U.S. or the world, until the Pentagon was completed in 1943. [3] [4]


The original hospital building, known as the Lunatic Asylum of Ohio, was completed in 1838. [1] In 1868, a fire destroyed the asylum, and it was rebuilt in the Kirkbride style in 1877. [1] The hospital was closed in the late 1980s, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in an attempt to save the building in 1986. The structure was nevertheless demolished between 1991 and 1996 [1] by S.G. Loewendick & Sons. [5]

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  2. "Columbus State Hospital". Ohio State University Library. September 26, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  3. "Curious Cbus: What's the History of the Columbus Insane Cemetery?". 10 January 2020.
  4. "Group tries saving old hospital wing". The Columbus Dispatch. December 11, 1985. Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  5. Foster, Emily (Mar 4, 2019) [First published November 1988]. "From the Archives: Columbus' First Family of Destruction". Columbus Monthly. Retrieved May 7, 2020.

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