The Gaebler Children’s Center

in photography

From 1955 to 1992, the Gaebler Children’s Center in Waltham, MA served the severely mentally ill children referred to the Metropolitan State Hospital. It closed due to budgetary reasons and as part of the general trend away from institutionalization. Today it sits on a large parcel of state-owned land which includes not just the hospital grounds but also numerous walking trails and nature preserves.

It was not a nice place to be a teenager.

Shut window

Drawing room

First piano


  1. shelly said,

    October 13, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    Hey, i luv take pics of abandoned places, these days my friends are chickens and won’t go w/me anymore, (ran into some homeless peeps in lawrence). So, wondering if you’re up for any trips? I’m thinking of going to gaebler’s soon. Let me know. Thanks! Shelly

  2. sean said,

    October 22, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

    hey,just went there by chance didn’t know what it was,want to back with camera and large flashlight.

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