Bartonville Insane Asylum To Reopen Soon For Tours!!

Former Peoria State Mental Hospital to Open Soon for Tours


Bartonville, IL – Save the Bowen Organization/Peoria Asylum will finally be able to open soon. On Thursday, April 12, 2012 the Village of Bartonville approved the use of TIF Funds to pay for the necessary abatement for the historic building so it can reopen.

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.

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The Save the Bowen Organization was established to acquire, stabilize and maintain the historic Bowen building of the Peoria State Hospital. Peoria Asylum is owned by Save the Bowen, a not-for-profit organization established exclusively to help save this historic building. 

~ From Willy Adkins / Spook Show Entertainment Inc.


It was a great email to open and one that I have been waiting on for a few years.  Today I got forwarded a press release from Richard Weiss (Owner of the Bowen Building aka Peoria State Hospitial aka Bartonville Insane Asylum) that the very historic building will soon be opening its doors again!  I want to send a big congrats to Richard on this major accomplishment.  He is a very strong and determined individual who stayed true and never gave up.  The payoff for his efforts are soon coming.

This is a great thing for Spook Show Entertainment as well.  We have had events planned for the Asylum for several years now that should soon come to life.  We hope to work with Richard to produce haunted events, paranormal tours, photo outings and maybe even film at the Asylum once up and running again.  We will offer more details once available.

At SSE our primary mission is to support the independent arts community, but we have also been know to be very active supporters in preserving history and historic locations (such as The Bowen Building, The Portage Theater, Etc..).  We want to send a huge thanks to everyone who also supports the preservation of history.  We need to preserve history and historic locations when & where possible.  They are often huge help for the local economy in which they reside and offer hands on education for generations to come.

Willy Adkins – President
Spook Show Entertainment Inc.