Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Gundry-Glass Hospital

During the early part of the 1900’s, our Medical Journals were filled with advertisements for private sanitariums and convalescent facilities, many of which were located in country environs with plenty of fresh air and green grass.

Several of these facilities were operated by the Gundry family, and most were located in the Catonsville (now Irvington) section of Baltimore, just inside of the city lines. gundry (1)

Dr. Alfred T. Gundry served as the medical superintendent at nearby Spring Grove Hospital from 1878 to 1891 where he was a pioneer in ending the use of mechanical restraints on psychiatric patients. In the late 1800s, he established the Gundry Sanitarium on his family farm

Certainly, his brother, Dr. Richard Gundry had some luminaries associated with his facility, including Dr. Osler!

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Several weeks ago, Baltimore Heritage, where our History of Maryland Medicine Board Member, Johns Hopkins is the Executive Director, shared some images of the Gundry-Glass house as it is today.

It’s owned by the city, but is abandoned and is being used as a general dumping ground. image

There are several out-buildings, and a few years ago, an idea was floated to have a resident care-taker live on the property and make sure that it wasn’t vandalized or used as a dumping ground. imageThe State of Maryland has a resident curator program for properties such as this. The “curator” lives in the house rent-free, and agrees to renovate, maintain and care for the property for the length of the tenancy. image

Until it closed in 1997, the property was used as a mental health facility, most recently for children. This property has a long and interesting history, and it’s a shame that it’s been left to fall apart.

20 comments:

  1. Hello Meg, How I would love to live in that building, even in its imperfect state. When they see my antiques and books that I would move in, they likely would keep up the "Mental Health Facility" sign!
    --Jim

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  2. Lol, it's not abandoned like you think.

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  3. This place should be burned down. The sheer amount of child abuse that took place there...

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    1. I haven't read anything on abuse

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    2. I haven't read anything on abuse

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    3. And even if there was, the presence of a troubled history is not a reason to destroy the structure.

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    4. I lived there as a resident from 1987 til 1988. No abuse.

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    5. At the age of 13 I was there in 1987/88....there was definitely child abuse taking place. Ask any teen there, around that time, about 24 hr chair therapy.

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  4. I know, I was there in 1992. Mr. Big John still give me nightmares.

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    1. Hi LaToya, I agree with the above comment from "The Beauty". I remember you - a sweet, adorable little girl. I was a staff memember in 1992 - Miss Tracey. I dobut you would remember me but I still have nightmares from working in that hospital. I hope you are well!

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  5. What a beautiful beautiful buildings I would love to own this building for sure!

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  6. After seeing the beauty of this house on you tube, I was amazed to see that vandals hadnt destroyed it. The stained glass and marble fireplaces are awesome and the woodwork, mirrors and pocketdoors are great too. Would love to see interior pics from the past.
    Sorry that it has an unhappy history.

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  7. The abuse of even 1 person does not merit the condemnation of the Building! Its the operation of the Administrative Staff that should be brought to light and the building itself cleansed of that spirit of wickedness! There is another Doctor who has done well by his patients; let's hope that Steven has not inherited any form of evil from this bloodline! Unfortunately, there were many practices being administered to patients that were horrific and cruel since family members were shut out from the day-to day workings of such institutions! Let us send up prayers for the suffering of innocent women and children.

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  8. I have never heard of abuse of any kind. The psychiatric services helped many troubled minds.

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  9. I grew up one street over from Wickham... on Tremont Road. Vividly remember this place as a child... very creepy! Used to walk up that long road that led to the main facility. There was a large field on Wickham that all the neighborhood children played on... right next to Gundry’s. Grew up there 1962-1971.

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  10. I found a very old framed portraiture of Dr. Richard Gundry signed by the artist Emilie(Emily)Hergenroeder I thought the picture was a photograph but is a drawing of him. I know that this portraiture is old because the artist Born 1858-Died 1925 After doing a little research on Dr.Richard Gundry I thought that this piece of art does not belong in Fargo,N.D. where I live and found drawing but in the Maryland area. Can anyone help me with who to contact. Thank you

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  11. My brother was confined there for psyc reasons as a child in the early 90s. He was abused there. I don't know if by staff or older patients. That house had a horrifying vibe even then.

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  12. Beautiful place,,But,,,bad vibes from the troubled young who had to be there. Hope they were helped.

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  13. Beautiful place.

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