My entry for Rebel Pops #ru_blacknwhite_18
Bryce Hospital, opened in 1861 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, is Alabama's oldest and largest inpatient psychiatric facility. First known as the Alabama State Hospital for the Insane and later as the Alabama Insane Hospital. The hospital was the first building in Tuscaloosa with gas lighting and central heat, "all clad in a fashionable Italianate exterior." Between 1872 and the early 1880s, some of the patients wrote and edited their own newspaper, called The Meteor. These writings provide a rare inside look at life in a progressive mental institution in the late 19th century. At that time, Bryce's management and commitment to "scientific treatments" was recognized around the country as being in a class of its own. In 2010 the property was sold to the University of Alabama. In 2014, the patients were moved to a new facility and UA began a restoration project estimated at $40 million. Two buildings will house a welcome center, two museums focusing on mental health and the history of the university, event space and classrooms for performing arts students. The project is expected to be complete by 2020.