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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

In addition to the two hundred acres of land donated by the citizens, one hundred and seven acres were purchased by the State. The land was transferred to the State in September, and a building commission, consisting of E. H. Van Deusen of Kalamazoo, George Hannahs of South Haven, Samuel G. Ives of Chelsea, W. M. McConnell and M. E. Crofoot of Pontiac, was appointed, which was organized in November of the same year.
The ground plans of the institution were furnished by Dr.. E. H. Van Deusen, and were the result of his long experience in the care and treatment of the insane. The elevation and working plans were furnished by E. E. Myers, of Detroit, who had been favorably known as the architect of the State capitol, then building. Upon the 18th of December, 1874, the plans were adopted, and proposals for the erection of the building were advertised for. Upon the 24th of February, 1875, the contract was let, and the erection of the entire building was actively pushed. In April, 1875, Dr. Van Deusen, who had long suffered from ill health, found it necessary to resign his position upon the board, and the vacancy thus made was filled by W. G. Yin ton, of Detroit, a builder of long experience. The erection of the building was personally supervised by C. M. Wells, who, as superintendent of construction, afterwards supervised the erection of the Northern Michigan Asylum, at Traverse City. In July, 1878, the building was completed and ready for the reception of patients. Its cost, complete, was $467,000.

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