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A LOOK AT ROCKHAVEN SANITARIUM

Updated: May 2, 2019


Granddaughter Patricia Traviss and founder Agnes Richards

Glendale, California, is a land of fun, sun, diversity, and more. The area’s rich history covers much, from its older beginnings as part of the Rancho San Rafael to its eventual incorporation as the “town of Glendale” and beyond. There’s a lot to go over, which means it’s no surprise if there are some bits you might not be readily aware of (even if you are a longtime resident of the apartments for rent in Glendale, CA). In particular, we’re talking about the Rockhaven Sanitarium. America’s first feminist asylum:


“Founded in 1926, Rockhaven has several claims to fame, and one of the most unique is that it was America’s first woman-founded and woman-only humane health treatment facility for mild mental and nervous disorders.”


Believe it or not, such establishments were once a common sight. Few, however, had the very peculiar luster that Rockhaven did, and now, the once-famed psychiatric institution (and now historical district) faces an uncertain future. What will become of it? What was its claim to fame? Today, we’re going to dive into all things Rockhaven, giving you a peek inside what this facility was and what it very may well become.


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