St Joseph’s Retreat
Dearborn’s Mental Hospital
In 1860, the Daughers of Charity established the Michigan State Retreat, a private mental hospital along Michigan Avenue near what is now Corktown in Detroit. The organization acquired property and built a much larger facility in Dearborn known as St Joseph’s Retreat in 1886. You can learn more about the history of St Joseph’s Retreat in an article found in the Spring-Summer 1964 Dearborn Historian.
St Joseph’s Retreat was located at the northeast corner of what is now Outer Drive and Michigan Avenue. It was demolished in Spring 1962.
We’ve digitized a rare 1910 souvenir book of St Joseph’s Retreat that can be browsed by clicking on the image below.
A photocopy of an 1892 St Joseph’s Retreat report can also be browsed here
Land owned by St Joseph’s Retreat was gradually sold off starting in the 1930s. A parcel sold off was used for the current Dearborn High School and another parcel was used for Westborn Mall.