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Utica State Hospital, Main Building

Utica, New York
County of Oneida.
National Register Number: 71000548
Resource type: Building.
The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: NY-23 Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 30, 1989):
Opened in 1842, this massive building was the first "state asylum for the insane poor" in New York, and one of the most powerful architectural statements in the Greek Revival style built in the mid-19th century. Although the design harkens back to ancient Greek principles, the building's heating and ventilating systems were quire modern of r their time.

Reuse options are uncertain. New York State has twice offered this property for sale to the public, but there have been no bidders. The State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is currently working with local preservationists, the State Historical Preservation Office, and the New York State Preservation League to develop interest in the property. In the meantime, some deterioration is occurring at the wings, although the main structure is sound. OMH lacks the funding needed to perform the repairs.

Utica State Hospital received a Save America's Treasures grant of $200,000 in 2002, to be used towards restoration of the first floor and of the mechanical systems. There is a proposed reuse plan for the hospital as a state records center.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Long-range planning, as well as funding, are needed to insure that this property is protected and appropriately reused and rehabilitated.

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