Dayton Ohio Westin Hotel
It was built in 1858 and coordinated by Weston, West Virginia, and the work was initially done by prison workers. In November of that year, a local newspaper listed seven convicted Negroes as the first to arrive for work on the project. The hospital grounds, which eventually became 270 hectares, were located on a farm, a dairy, a waterworks and a cemetery. It was supposed to be self-sufficient, but the hospital was the only one of its kind in the United States at the time.
The main building of the institution, known as Kirkbride, houses several rooms that serve as a museum and are located on the first floor. There is an art therapy program that makes paintings, poems and drawings, a room dedicated to various medical treatments and restrictions that have been used in the past, and artifacts such as straitjackets and hydrotherapy tubs. The clothes are similar to 19th century clothes and the museum offers guided tours and other exhibits.
Weston State Hospital was discovered in the early 1950s as the home of the West Virginia Lobotomy Project. A survey committee organized by a group of North American medical organizations concluded that the hospital could not accommodate its population in its current form without the use of lobotomy. In the 1980s, hospitals had a smaller population because of changes in the treatment of mental illness. The facility has a number of mental health facilities, including a psychiatric unit, psychiatric clinic and behavioural medicine centre.
After the secession of the United States, the Virginia government demanded the removal of all Confederate soldiers from its borders. This was put forward by the Reorganized Government of Va., which sided with the Northern States in the war.
Before this could happen, the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry seized the money from the local bank to bring it to Wheeling.
On August 29, 2007, the hospital was auctioned by a group of investors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michael Jordan, a former member of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was the highest bidder, receiving $1.5 million.
In 1999, the four-story interior of the building was damaged by several city and county police officers playing paintball, an incident that has since been dismissed. A short historical tour allows visitors to see the first floor of Kirkbride, while longer historical tours allow visitors to "see" the second, third and fourth floors. The former facility has been featured in several paranormal television series, including the TV series "Ghostbusters" and Syfy's "Paranormal Activity: The Haunted Hospital."