Willowbrook Mile


“Building 19 Plaque”

Willowbrook was a large institution covering more than 380 acres. The central plant provided heat and electricity to all of the buildings connected by steam tunnels. The mere scope and size of the facility seriously impaired its ability to provide normal, personalized comfort and care. This plaque honors every person who resided in these impersonal dormitory-style buildings. The buildings lacked basic personal and privacy considerations. Nearly 200 men lived in this building, when its original design was for fewer than 100 people. The faded painted Building Number 19 sign is preserved as a respectful remembrance.