Thursday, February 11, 2010
Real estate: Greetings from Shutter Island.
Though set on an isolated, God forsaken island off the coast of Massachusetts, much of Shutter Island was filmed in the decidedly in-land town of Medfield, population 12,836. This nice little burg attracted director Martin Scorsese's attention because it's home to the Medfield State Hospital - a massive (58 buildings on 900 acres) and picturesque mental institution built in the late 19th century and closed in 1994. At its peak, the asylum held more than 2,000 patients - about a sixth of the population of modern Medfield.
It's a popular stop for urban explorers. To see Shutter Island landlocked and Leo free, check out the following galleries:
Abandoned But Not Forgotten
There's a nice tour of the hospital's graveyard at Grave Addiction.
You can also get a bird's eye view of the hospital from Google maps.