"There was a pamphlet next to the lamp, with a photograph of a building that looked to him like a school, called the Eastern Maine State Hospital."
In the mid-19th
century, many states established state mental health systems
. Eastern Maine Insane Hospital
was opened on July 1, 1901. It was built on a pastoral hill – named 'Hepatica Hill’ for its flowers – overlooking the city of Bangor and Penobscot River. Its design was based on the Kirkbride Plan
, an architectural style meant to have curative effect.