5. Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, Brentwood, New York

A former building at Pilgrim State. Photo via Matthew Christopher for Abandoned America. On our last visit, a Renaissance-style tower was all that remained from a vast former set of institutional buildings.

The Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center was opened in 1931 on Long Island. Like Kings Park Psychiatric Center, the facility was built as a solution to the region’s overcrowded institutions.

The facility steadily grew throughout its heyday, essentially becoming its own little town. The institution had its own police department, fire department, court, power plant, and its own Long Island Railroad station, among other things.

The Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center remains operational today, yet drastically smaller than it once was. Much of the land has been sold and converted for other uses, while some of the buildings have remained intact but abandoned.