Former Peoria State Mental Hospital to open soon for tours

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Bartonville, IL – Save the Bowen Organization/Peoria Asylum will finally be able to open soon. On Thursday, April 12, the Village of Bartonville approved the use of TIF Funds to pay for the necessary abatement for the historic building so it can reopen, according to a press release from the Peoria Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Once the abatement is completed over the few months, the foundation will be able to reopen this 50,000-square-foot historic building for historic and paranormal tours. The former state mental hospital’s immediate plans will be a local attraction for those interested in the paranormal. The Peoria Asylum has a reputation for being very haunted and they will use this reputation to help secure funding for restoration. Save the Bowen will be offing pre-sales on private investigations and overnight camp outs on the grounds so check their website for updates soon.

The long-term plans are to develop part of the Peoria Asylum into a Bed & Breakfast, a museum, a restaurant/banquet facility, commercial rental space will be available in part of it, as well as luxury apartment suites. The owner is looking for retail/commercial/hotel developers who are interested in helping develop this historic property.