by Sterling "Rip" Smith


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"Asylum" is a photographic exploration of an extraordinary historical site in the heart of rural West Virginia. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (formerly the Weston State Hospital) is the largest cut stone masonry building in the western hemisphere, second in the world only to the Kremlin in Moscow.

Closed and abandoned for many years, the building was closed and abandoned. Now privately owned, it is being preserved and partially restored and is open to the public for tours, ghost hunts, and other events.

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ISBN-13: 9781479298716
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2012
Pages: 58
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

Sterling "Rip" Smith is an award-winning fine art photographer who has exhibited regionally and nationally. His photographs are held in public and private collections throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and as far away as the United Kingdom.

He has been doing photography off and on for more than fifty years and currently resides near Martinsburg, West Virginia. He is on the Web at

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