The Oregon State Hospital Replacement was designed by Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum Inc. in conjunction with SGR Partnership. Built in 1883, the Kirkbride Building is one of few remaining original buildings of the Oregon State Hospital that will be left after the construction of the brand new Oregon State Hospital facility is completed by Hoffman Construction of Portland, OR.
The Kirkbride Building is a three-story brick building that originally housed mental patients. The newly restored Kirkbride houses patient support areas and a court room on the first floor. The building also contains administrative offices on the second and third floors. In addition, the new building includes a small museum to commemorate the original building. To learn more about the Kirkbride Building click here.
The Kirkbride Building is famous for being the location where the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed in 1975. At that time, the building was over 90-years-old and in poor shape. The remodel included bringing this old brick building up to modern seismic standards, abatement of lead and asbestos based materials and implementation of new building codes.
When WPI first began the Oregon State Hospital Replacement, the Kirkbride Building was a dark, damp and eerie building. Nothing seemed to be level or square. Yet the WPI crew did an absolutely fantastic job bringing this all together. The final product is now plumb, square and level. The finishes in the building now help project a sense of encouragement and warmth.