Butler Hospital for the Insane

Rhode Island

Established 1847

Butler Hospital for the Insane was the first hospital in Rhode Island exclusively for mentally ill patients. The creation of this hospital resulted from a visit and report by Dorothea Dix, and the philanthropy of industrialist Cyrus Butler. A grant from Nicholas Brown funded the opening.

Photograph © Donovan K. Loucks, from the H.P.Lovecraft Site.


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