Craig House was the first American privately-owned psychiatric hospital located in Beacon, New York. The facility was run by the Scottish Doctor, Jonathan Slocum. He focused on progressive attitudes towards mental health by promoting talk therapy and recreation such as golf, skiing, and painting.
This was one of the most prestigious private institutions in the U.S. The monthly fees at the hospital were $750, which was very expensive for the era.
A well-known patient of Craig House was Zelda Fitzgerald, writer, jazz age muse and wife of F. Scott
Deinstitutionalization, the process of replacing long-term psychiatric hospitals with community mental health services, began in the
The hospital eventually closed in 1999 but was bought in 2003 by Robert Wilson, a Wall Street hedge fund manager. Unfortunately, in 2013, aged at age 87, he jumped out of the window of his Upper West Side apartment building and died. The building sat empty for many years, untouched.