Manteno State was a psychiatric hospital in Manteno Township, Kankakee, Illinois. The facility began operation in December 1930, and by 1954 the patient population was 8,195 at its highest census. It was closed on December 31, 1985 due to reports of abuse and the high number of violent patients.
Most of the buildings have now been demolished, and the Illinois Veterans Home now operates on a portion of the grounds. Additionally, other portions of the grounds have been redeveloped into a municipal golf course, housing and a residential treatment center. If you would like to know more, there are several sights regarding this facility....here are the links to a couple of them.
It is in good condition.....considering the wall flange was cracked and repaired, but that does not affect the use of the door in this item. The face plate is secured to the flange with 2 screws - not likely original - the pull lever still works.....but I have not checked to see if it still generates a charge :0} as it likely does! There are various scraches and scrapes and what looks like a couple of layers of paint.
Anyhoooo......as I was saying, I am totally in love with this fantastic piece of fire/rescue/industrial/institutional history. What makes this better is the numerous stories regarding the hauntings of Manteno State. Yes that's right....a fire alarm from a haunted mental hospital.........and now you know why I am in love.
Great decor for the fire/rescue collector, and so much more.
8 inches in diameter x 4 3/4 inches tall and VERY heavy.