Save the Worcester State Hospital Clock Tower
The undersigned requests that the
reverse its intention to demolish the Worcester State Hospital Clock Tower. We urge the Commonwealth to direct the Department of Capital Asset Management and the Department of Mental Health to market this outstanding historical and architectural landmark to potential buyers for rehabilitation and compatible reuse. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Significant both for its important role in the care of the mentally ill and for the unusually high quality of its architecture, the landmark Worcester State Hospital Clock Tower was built in 1877. The centerpiece of what was then known as
The Clock Tower and Hooper Turret are all that remain of the large 19th-century hospital complex demolished to make way for a new $302 million hospital, now under construction. The state’s first new psychiatric hospital in almost fifty years, the new facility is scheduled to open in 2012. This project is one of the largest capital projects ever commissioned by the
The Clock Tower is in imminent danger of being demolished and its important historical value being erased.