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It’s official!

MSH Vision : December 3, 2014 3:26 pm : MSH Updates

127 acres of the former Medfield State Hospital property belongs to the Town of Medfield. The Selectmen signed the final documents – the LDA or Land Disposition Agreement last night, December 2, 2014. The closing took place today, December 3, 2014 in Dedham.

The transfer of ownership of approximately 127 acres of the former Medfield State Hospital from The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to the Town of Medfield took place in early December.  In the negotiated deal, the Town purchased the land for $3.1 million payable in equal installments over ten years.

The purchase includes the approximately 87 acre “core campus” and the approximately 40 acre Sledding Hill across Hospital Road.

The core campus includes over 35 buildings, which are predominantly brick construction and in varying states of disrepair. The cottage style of the buildings symmetrically arranged around a central green represent the first example of this type of architectural layout for a State Hospital.  Consequently, the hospital is registered with The National Historic Register, The Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Medfield Historic District Commission.

The Selectmen have appointed a Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) to recommend a re-use plan for the property.  Please go to or for updates on the progress regarding this opportunity for the Town.

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Wentworth Presentation

MSH Vision : April 12, 2014 7:40 am : MSH Updates

View Adaptive Re-use Plans for Medfield State Hospital Designed by Wentworth Institute of Technology Students

All are invited to attend a reception and exhibition of final design projects for a historic section of the Medfield State Hospital including the Chapel (Lee Building,) Infirmary, and Club House.  The event will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Watson Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.

Student teams will present their innovative designs based on the adaptive re-use of the former hospital into one of the following five facilities:

  • A Culinary Center
  • A Center for the Arts
  • Student Union and Library for a Community College
  • Museum and Visitors Center
  • Outpatient and Clinical Research Center

Earlier in the year the Architecture and Interior Design students toured the hospital property.  They were granted access inside the Lee Chapel and provided copies of the original architectural drawings.  After completing initial designs, they then collaborated with Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Structural Design, Mechanical Design and Facilities Management to create innovative and creative plans for the site.  Law students were also involved regarding major legal issues such as bylaws and hazardous waste disposal.  In total, over 90 students worked on these projects under coordination and direction of seven faculty members.

The Culinary Center proposal used the surrounding agricultural lands as their source of food, including green houses for the winter months. Three Museum and Visitor Center proposals included a theater, historical museum that could include gallery space for a history of the hospital, history of treatment for mental illness, and even space or home for the Medfield Historical Society. The Center for the Arts adopted the Chapel for a performing arts theater and surrounding space for work areas, studios, and cafes.

Town officials and residents are all invited to this exciting exhibition on April 17th.

For additional information please contact Prof. Charles Cimino at 617-989-4467 /, or Gil Rodgers at 617-792-0583 /

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Town Election Results

MSH Vision : April 1, 2014 4:49 pm : MSH Updates

Thanks to the residents who went to the polls on Monday March 31.  Despite the foul weather, almost 1,400 voters cast ballots and 92% voted in favor of authorizing the purchase of 134 acres of State Hospital land by the town.  This was a major hurdle in the process and sends a good message to our legislators that the town is in favor of purchasing the parcels.  The next steps will be to develop a detailed master plan and to get the enabling legislation passed through the various chambers of state government!


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Town Meeting Results

MSH Vision : March 11, 2014 10:58 am : MSH Updates

Thanks to all the residents and non-voting guests who came out to the town meeting on March 10.  The crowd was so big that the gymnasium was full and overflow seating was needed in the cafeteria.

After presentation of the articles, recommendations from the selectmen and the warrant committee, and a slide show presented by SHAC Chairman Steve Nolan, the three warrant articles passed by near unanimous consent, well more than the required two-thirds majority.

The next step in the process is a vote at the town election on March 31.  Please remember to go to the polls and cast your vote.



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4 thoughts on “News

  1. Chad

    Good Day,
    As a former town resident, someone who spent a good deal of time at the Hospital in multiple roles, and an ex-employee of the Northampton State Hospital (NSH) I would like to suggest your study include what has transpired with the NSH site. It seems like the dynamics of the towns (although we have a college in this town), the geographic layouts and former economic and social impacts to be more similar than the other studied institutions. I am not advocating Medfield copy the NSH plan. An FYI you might say…

    1. Gil

      Hi Chad,

      We followed through with your suggestion and studied the Northampton State Hospital redevelopment project meeting with two of the key players and taking several trips. This was indeed a very worthwhile site to for us to look into and we learned a great deal from the meetings and tours. Our notes are written up and posted on this website in the ” Documents – Other Hospitals” tab. Thanks again for your suggestion.

      Best regards,


  2. Gil

    Thanks for this suggestion. I will look into it as another former state hospital to study, particularly if there are useful parallels to Medfield State Hospital and any lessons we can learn. We did take a trip this spring to North Hampton and visited with GrowFood Northampton. This is a very impressive and successful agricultural development of two former, large farms (see not directly associated with the NSH. We saw the hospital site and learned about the redevelopment effort and mixed use housing project. Thanks. Gil Rodgers

  3. Perry Constas

    Are their any lessons to be learned from other state hospitals that have been shuttered and successfully transitioned to serve other needs in their respective towns; i.e; Fernald School in Waltham, Foxboro, Wrentham, Worcester ?
    More specifically, have any such properties been converted to address the need for senior and or low income housing?


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