Construction began in 1927 to help with the Chicago area overcrowding of mental institutions, at the time of its opening was one of the largest in the nation. Built on a cottage plan, wasn’t built as large as originally planned due to budget problems with the onset of the depression. It reached its patient peak in 1954 with 8,185. With declining patient population and budget cuts it was closed on December 31, 1985. The following year the Illinois Veterans Home opened on the north half of the campus with the southern half remaining vacant or being sold to private owners.


  1. Manteno State Hospital
  2. Abandoned But Not Forgotten


  1. Mehr, Joseph J., Ph.D. An Illustrated History of Illinois Public Mental Health Services: 1847-2000.
  2. “History.” Manteno State Hospital. 18 July 2006 Article.