Metropolitan State Hospital – An Abandoned Mental Institution in Massachusetts

Metropolitan State Hospital

The Metropolitan State Hospital was located in Waltham, Massachusetts and opened in 1930. It was a facility to treat the mentally ill and at one time was the largest such hospital of its type in New England. It shared its grounds with The Gaebler Children’s Center for mentally ill youths. It’s been said that young patients were frequently sedated and disciplined.

In 1980, Metropolitan State Hospital became the focus of media attention when a patient, Melvin Wilson, admitted to the murder of fellow patient Anna Marie Davee in 1978. Wilson created 3 separate graves for different parts of her body and kept seven of her teeth.

The hospital closed in 1992 as the state of Massachusetts sought to close mental hospitals and have patients moved to private care. It was left abandoned and decaying for a period of time before eventually being demolished.

The main buildings have all been demolished with a large apartment complex in its place. A cemetery remains on the site and is maintained by the state. The wooded area is open to the public and protected from development. The administration building is all that remains today.

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Category: Hospital

Abandoned: 1992


2 thoughts on “Metropolitan State Hospital – An Abandoned Mental Institution in Massachusetts”

  1. I am very interested in Met State.
    I had a family member that was a patient.
    She has since past along with any family that knew her.


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