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New York State Inebriate Asylum

Binghamton, New York
County of Broome.
425 Robinson Street
National Register Number: 96000814
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Health Care - hospital. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: NY-26 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Health facility.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 9, 1997):
The New York State Inebriate Asylum was constructed between 1858 and 1866 as the United States Inebriate Asylum, the first single-purpose hospital in the country designed and built for the treatment of alcoholism as a disease. The asylum was an outgrowth of a developing attitude in nineteenth century America that drunkenness was the cause of nearly all social and economic problems, and that its cure, i.e. temperance, would result in their eradication. Isaac Gale Perry designed the castellated Gothic Revival structure, which is now encompassed within a late nineteenth century health facility.

New York State is offering this Landmark hospital for sale to private developers but the historic designation is rarely mentioned or promoted. It was advertised for years as a vacant parcel.

The Office of Mental Health continues to look for new users for this property. Local preservationists have created a website promoting the property in an effort to spur redevelopment.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The property is owned by the state and support is needed from the administration to use once-designated funds to repair damage to the masonry and roof of the structure.

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