Westborough State Hospital

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Westborough State Hospital
Westborough State Hospital.jpg
A shuttered building at Westborough State Hospital
Westborough State Hospital is located in Massachusetts
Westborough State Hospital
Location Westborough, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°18′4″N 71°36′37″W / 42.30111°N 71.61028°W / 42.30111; -71.61028Coordinates: 42°18′4″N 71°36′37″W / 42.30111°N 71.61028°W / 42.30111; -71.61028
Built 1848
Architect Elias Carter; Kendall, Taylor & Stevens
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival, Colonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman
Governing body State
MPS Massachusetts State Hospitals And State Schools MPS
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP January 21, 1994

Westborough State Hospital or "Westborough Insane Hospital" is a historic hospital along Lyman Street, north of Chauncy Lake and junction of Milk Street and MA Route 9 Westborough, Massachusetts, which sat on more than 600 acres (240 ha).

The hospital was built in 1884 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

The hospital was closed in 2010, in anticipation of a new Worcester State Hospital opening in 2012. The 10 bed Deaf Unit, The 2 Adolescent Units and the Intensive Residential Treatment Program (one step below State Hospital Level) programs were closed by June 2010.[2]

The pioneering African-American psychiatrist Solomon Carter Fuller spent the majority of his career practicing at the hospital. While there, he performed his ground-breaking research on the physical changes to the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

On May 9, 2015, a memorial service was held in nearby Pine Grove Cemetery for the more than 500 patients who died at Westborough State Hospital and whose remains were unclaimed and subsequently buried in a potter's field in the cemetery with little more than a small grave marker with only a number. The service was part of a larger effort to put names to the graves of the deceased.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Hammel, Lee (2010-04-11). "Westboro State Hospital set to close". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Mark (2015-05-10). "Westboro hospital ceremony honors those buried with no name". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2015-05-11.