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Metropolitan State Hospital
Primary Use: Mental Heath Facility
Open Year: 1930
Close Year: 1991

Abandonment History

The Metropolitan State Hospital closed in 1992 after privitization became the new institutionalization. Several large buildings on the campus became hot spots for the local homeless until a private security company was hired to patrol the grounds. We first visited the hospital 11 years after it's closure, after it had suffered wear from years of neglect and much vandalism. In 2005 construction began on the campus and several buildings were taken down, including the power plant and Furcolo - a large building with two observation towers on either side that allowed a great view of the campus. Now in 2006 the remaining buildings are seeing the end of their days.

Mini-Chronicle

Metropolitan State Hospital was the first big location for Fallout. The first trip made by myself and Keith was on Christmas Day 2003. After mistaking the Gaebler School for Met State, when we actually walked up onto the grounds we were completely floored to have stumbled onto this massive institution. We continued to visit Metro for years until the demolition/renovation came down full swing in mid 2006.

Back in 2004, during the bulk of our visits security was at its peak. There were hourly security patrols, state police patrols several times a day, and it wasn't uncommon for security and police to enter into the buildings to catch explorers and curious teens that found their way into the well sealed hospital. For most seasoned metro explorers the attempts at their capture was in vain because the majority of the hospital was boarded preventing any light from getting in allowing just enough time for escape into the underground tunnel system, connecting enough buildings to make it nearly imposable for security to catch them.

As demolition began the traffic of the once very unpopular Waltham hospital spiked. With no security patrols, and the once well sealed buildings now wide open, access was easier than ever imaginable. The hospital that used to require quite a bit of tactics to even attempt entry now could now be seen by anyone and a flashlight wasn't even really necessary. Now in it's final stages of demolition, new explorers think they are the kings of urbex for concouring the remains of the defenseless hospital.

~Matt

Photo Sets

The First Two Trips
Set by: Keith (externals by Matt Fallout)
Taken in: December 2003 - January 2004
Taken With: JVC Camcorder
11 Photos


Keti's First Visit
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: March 2004
Taken With: Kodak DX3600
15 Photos


Introduction to UE: Chas
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: April 2004
Taken With: Kodak DX3600
18 Photos


Nadine's Tour
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: June 2004
Taken With: Fujifilm Finepix 2650
16 Photos


Late Summer Trip
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: August 2004
Taken With: Fujifilm Finepix 2650
11 Photos


As Construction is going on Outside
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: June 2005
Taken With: Fujifilm S5100
10 Photos


Giving Get Fancy A Tour
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: August 2005
Taken With: Fujifilm S5100
06 Photos


Exploring With Chas's Ex
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: September 2005
Taken With: Fujifilm S5100
19 Photos


Trip with Travis
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: September 2005
Taken With: Fujifilm S5100
10 Photos


Keith Finally Returns with us 2 years later
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: January 2006
Taken With: Fujifilm S5100
06 Photos


Two Year Anniversary of Keti meeting Metro
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: March 2006
Taken With: Fujifilm S5100
08 Photos


My Last Trip to Met
Set by: Matt Fallout
Taken in: June 2006
Taken With: Nikon D50
11 Photos

Chronicles - Writings

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