she’s beauty and she’s grace, she’s miss united states
Standing on the landing in between the second and third floors of the 1828 Administration Building of Western State Hospital, an insane asylum in Staunton, VA, one has a staggering view. Above, the small top floor with a wooden spiral staircase (added in 1840) leading up to the cupola and out to the roof deck. Below, the grand entryway to the asylum, originally housed in this single building. On one’s first visit to this asylum, this view is enough to stop one from breathing for a moment or two.