Looming over West Utica since 1843, the Utica State Lunatic Asylum was once on the forefront of the progressive care of the mentally ill as New York's first center for their care. Closed now for decades, the main building of the Utica Psychatric Center, known as Old Main, has captivated those who live in its shadow and hear stories of its Haunts and Legends.
The Old Main Psychiatric Center Hospital opened its doors to a public tour on Monday, August 25th at 5PM offering a crowd of more than 4 thousand an exclusive glimpse inside the historic iconic Utica landmark.
Old Main at the Utica Psychiatric Center has been a local topic of conversation once the news was released that the building would open on August 25, 2014 for a public tour. A photo from inside Old Main has also garnered national attention online.
There are few buildings more iconic and more forbidden in Utica than Old Main, the gated-off main building of the Utica Psychiatric Center. And for one exceptionally rare evening, the building opened to the public.