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Mental asylums: A new wave in residential housing

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Danvers State Hospital in 2004 before the beginning of extensive renovations. (Photo by Jenn Marcelais)

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Former Danvers State Hospital after renovations. Much of the main building is displayed in the center, along with new apartments on the far left. (Photo courtesy of John Gray at www.danversstateinsaneasylum.com)

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A view of the restored Octagon Tower in New York City (center), with new apartment wings connected on each side. (Photo by John Dorman)

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People who seek housing in former mental hospitals appreciate the grand decor and allure of history, but they are left wondering whether ghosts and spirits may be among them.


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