Traverse City State Hospital Exterior – Part 5

Village at Grand Traverse Commons - 1The transformation to the exterior of the Traverse City State Hospital, now knows as The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, is quite remarkable.  The stately building is home to shopping, dining and condominiums.  The Village is a relaxing place to spend a few hours eating a meal, visiting the shops and walking around the grounds.  The restored building 50 is adorned with stately red spires that stand out against the sky.  Below are a few closer photos of a few of the spires that top this building.

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Much work still remains.  As you saw in earlier entries in this series, a number of buildings on the grounds are still decaying and in need of serious attention.  In my previous posts, I chronicled the interiors of these structures.  Below is a sampling of the exterior of buildings not yet restored.

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It is sad to see the state of these old buildings.  In time it is hoped that all the remaining buildings will be renovated.  One day, I hope to see all of the remaining buildings on this Traverse City State Hospital campus restored.  With this post, I conclude my set of images of this historic site.  This place is full of history as a part of the Traverse City community.  As it continues to be restored, it will continue to be a vital part of life in Traverse City for many more years.  This series of post has been quite different for me from a photographic perspective.  I have tried to highlight color, texture, lines and shapes in this place from an artistic perspective.  While there is sadness in the decay in these buildings, potential to restore this place to its original beauty is everywhere.  I hope that you have enjoyed not only the photos in this series, but the information as well.  It is worth spending a little time here if you visit the Traverse City area.

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One Comment

  1. Mike Ross September 22, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    Thanks Mike. Great pictures once again. The state hospital reminds me of the exterior of the French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, IN. Visit there if you have a chance. It’s also full of historic significance. The spires above are terrific, as well.

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