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greycourt women's prison

Remember awhile ago when I said I was gonna phone it in for places I don’t have time to research? This post is a prime example of that. Why do I not have the time, you didn’t ask? Well I’m very busy staring out my window at the snow storm and listening to melancholy music. See for yourself!

greycourt women's prison

These buildings started out as Greycourt Farm Colony- a woman’s prison- in 1918. It covered 258 acres of farm land that were tended to by female prisoners. If you’re wondering what a “farm colony” is, read this. In 1934, the city turned it into Camp La Guardia, a homeless shelter for men. The homeless population at the camp continued to farm, with potatoes being the main staple, which were sent out to feed other homeless who occupied the city’s shelters.

greycourt women's prison

greycourt women's prison

In the 1980’s, the crack epidemic and deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals saw a rise in violence and drug use at the camp, which pissed off the civilians who lived nearby, prompting them to take action against the shelter. In the following decades, incidences such as the strangling a pet rabbit and slashing a woman’s face by two camp residents led to massive complaints, and by 2007, the camp was shut down and abandoned.

greycourt women's prison

Since then, it’s been home to a few squatters and many windows have been smashed out. It doesn’t has as much graffiti as I expected, but there is some.

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