For nearly two decades the old Psychiatric Tower in Rochester, New York has loomed vacant on the cities edge. This monolithic structure was once home to thousands of patients from 1959 to when it closed in 1995. We have been able to go inside and to talk with some of those who lived and worked there in order to understand the impact this building had on their lives.
By exploring the hollowed halls of the Terrence Tower with former patients and staff we hope to inspire a dialog about mental health care in our communities.
My name is Dylan Toombs and I am a videographer at a Western, NY PBS television studio. Echo of the Past: The Terrence Tower has been a side project of mine for over two years now and is in no way associated with PBS. This documentary is an independent film and is solely intended for educational purposes.