This Massachusetts State School is the oldest institution for the retarded in the country and has been running since its construction began in 1848.
While this campus is still in operation, it has a significantly decreased population from its earlier years. You could see the levels of abandonment this campus has gone through over time, starting with a few buildings and gradually branching out to a majority of the campus. While this is a rather simple subject, these crutches resonated with me. This particular building was a favorite of mine.
Other buildings housed piles of things from old video games to newspapers. It felt like walking into a time warp discovering old Nintendo 64 cartridges scattered across the floor. Some of the walls were covered in various newspaper clippings. The varying colors of them, along with stickers, were telling to their age. I remember how I used to love putting all kinds of stickers on my bedroom wall. My parents didn’t appreciate it nearly as much.
There was little remanence of classrooms in the buildings I documented. Here and there you would find the remainder of a desktop or some chairs. They were probably removed for reuse in other buildings on campus or moved outside campus entirely.
You can view more photos of the Walter E. Fernald State School here and learn more at the follow sites:
- Daly, Marie E. “History of the Walter E. Fernald Development Center.” City of Waltham.
- Official Facebook Page for the Walter E. Fernald State School
- Official Wikipedia Article for the Walter E. Fernald State School