Topeka Kansas Westin Hotel
The property features a state-of-the-art fitness center that serves as a training facility for Topeka, staff and guests at the Kansas Westin Hotel, as well as an outdoor pool.
The main building of the hospital is said to be the only hand-carved stone wall in the world, with only the largest building being the Kremlin in Moscow. There is an art therapy program that makes paintings, poems and drawings, as well as rooms dedicated to various medical treatments and restrictions that have been used in the past, and artifacts such as straitjacket hydrotherapy tubs. The main building of the institution, known as Kirkbride, houses several rooms that serve as a museum, the first floor of which is located on the second floor next to the lobby of the Kansas Westin Hotel. A short historical tour allows visitors to see some of what they see from the front door and inside the hospital, while the longer historical tours allow them to "see" inside the "first floor" of KirkBride.
It was built between 1858 and 1881 and coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Human Services (KDHS) and the state of Kansas. Prison staff initially carried out the work, but in November of that year, a local newspaper noted seven convicted Negroes as the first to work on the project. The hospital was to be self-sufficient, so there were farms, dairy farms, water works and a cemetery on its premises, which eventually reached an area of 270 hectares.
After founding the West Virginia Lobotomy Project in the early 1950s, Weston State Hospital was ranked as one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in North America with a population of 1,500 patients. An investigative committee organized by a group of North American medical organizations found that the hospital had placed its population in a "laboratory-like" state with beds for women, men and children, and a nursing home. In the 1980s, it had a reduced population due to changes in mental-health treatment, and its clothes resembled 19th-century nurse fashion. Guided tours can be provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Human Services (KDHS) and the State of Kansas.
After the secession of the United States, the Virginia government demanded the removal of all Confederate soldiers from its territory. This brought the Reorganized Government of Virginia, which had sided with the Northern States in the war, into conflict with its Southern neighbor Virginia.
Before this could happen, the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry seized the money from the local bank to hand it over to Wheeling, and before this could happen, they seized it.
The hospital was auctioned on August 29, 2007 and the former facility has been featured in several paranormal television shows, including Syfy's "Ghostbusters" and the spin-off series "Paranormal Activity." The former owner of the Topeka Kansas Westin Hotel, Jordan D. Jones, was the highest bidder, paying $1.5 million for the property.