The Mc Bride house was constructed in the 1930's by Dr. Sleyster and Mr. Schroeder. It was a two-patient residence that continued the “cottage system” philosophy of care that Dr. Dewey pioneered during his tenure at the hospital. These cottages provided a more private setting for patients who would be willing to pay for this level of care. This type of custodial care lasted for much of the 20th century with the last custodial care patient dying on campus in 1986.
There may have been three of these cottages on the campus in the 20th century. This two patient 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 is called the Aurora Behavioral Health Center (Building 6).
Jon Van Beckum- Archivist
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Archives
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Mc Bride House, Milwaukee Sanitarium, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, Building 6