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Published November 03, 2012, 12:00 AM

Images of the Kirkbride


Detail of fireplace trim in the Kirkbride Building. Dave Olson / The Forum

  • Detail of fireplace trim in the Kirkbride Building. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Detail of a ceiling in the Kirkbride Building of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital.	Dave Olson / The Forum
  • In later years, the former Fergus Falls State Hospital was a regional treatment center that provided a variety of services. Clients who completed treatment were encouraged to share their thoughts by writing them on the walls of rooms and hallways. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Detail of a staircase. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • The main staircase in the Kirkbride Building of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Part of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital campus as seen from the hospital's cafeteria window.	Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Detail of fireplace mantel. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Mailboxes at the former Fergus Falls State Hospital. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Detail of a door hinge in an apartment that was home to the top administrator at the Fergus Falls State Hospital.	Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Tiled floors adorn hallways and rooms of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Detail of the main staircase in the Kirkbride Building. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Ample windows are a hallmark of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital. This one is located in the apartment where the hospital's top administrator lived for many decades. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • A building known as the nurses cottage on the campus of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital was purchased by a Fargo developer. Dave Olson / The Forum
  • Maxine Schmidt, center, gives tours of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital along with her husband, Gene, far left. The couple hope new uses can be found for much of the complex, especially the tower section of what is known as the Kirkbride Building, where this spiral staircase is located. The spot is a favorite of photographers, according to Maxine Schmidt, who said: "If I had a nickel for every time my picture was taken here ... " Dave Olson / The Forum
  • About 450 people gather Saturday, July 14, 2012, to give the Historic Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls a big group hug. Friends of the Kirkbride are hoping the event will bring attention to the building's plight. City officials will begin planning its demolition unless a viable plan emerges in the near future. Dave Wallis / The Forum