Another example of private housing that was available on campus was the Two Patient Cottages. These buildings allowed for two patients to share the same structure. It appears that two (may be three) of these houses were built.
The first cottage was built directly north of the Administration building and was called the Kradwell House in 1959. This was the on-campus residence of Dr. William Kradwell and his wife until 1965. In 1965, this cottage was called the High School Building and served as classrooms for the hospital’s adolescent patients. In the 1990’s, the Activity Therapy Department was in this building. Today, it is the campus’ Adult Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Center and is referred to as Building 2.
The second cottage, located directly north of the Avery Cottage, was called the McBride House by 1959. This house was a 6 bedroom ½ way house where patients lived as they made the transition from the hospital to the community at large. It was still referred to as the McBride house in 1965. In the 1990’s, it was called the Herrington House I and was used for residential programs, as a treatment facility and as a ¾ way house for those with addiction issues. Today it houses the Aurora Behavioral Health Medication Clinic and the Central Scheduling Department and is called the Aurora Behavioral Health Center (Building 6).
The third cottage may have been Sophie Schroeder’s on-campus residence. This house was located south of the Director’s Residence (Currently the Lighthouse on Dewey) on Honey Creek Parkway. This cottage was torn down when the Aurora Zilber Hospice building was constructed in the early 2000’s.
Jon Van Beckum, Archivist
1919 to present
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Archives
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