Creator: Peterson, B.C.
Description: Photograph of the Texas State Hospital burning. The main building was spared the fire and remains the administrative building for the Austin State Hospital to this day. The main administrative building is the third oldest public service building in the state. The State Lunatic Asylum was established in 1856 in the model of Philadelphia psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Kirkbridge. It opened with 12 patients and saw as many as 3000 at once time. The Austin State Hospital currently houses around 300 patients, most staying for about a week during treatment. It is operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library