Tent on the Grounds - c. 1899

Foster-Wade Building, Sun Parlor - West Wing, c. 1928

This photograph shows one of the solariums or "sun parlors" in the west wing of the Foster-Wade building of Spring Grove State Hospital.  Although the "Foster Clinic," as it was called when the building opened in 1920, was initially used to treat mentally ill veterans of World War I, the men shown in the above photograph are probably not veterans with service-connected illnesses, given the fact that the west wing of the building (shown here) wasn't completed until 1927, approximately two years after the veterans were transferred from Spring Grove to the facility that is now known as the Perry Point Veterans Administration Hospital. The exact date of the above photograph is not known, but it was taken sometime between September 1927, when the west wing was opened, and September 30,1928, when the photograph was published in the hospital's annual report.