Throwback Thursday: McLean Hospital

Celebrating 60 Years

McLean Hospital Proctor House, Belmont, MA

McLean Hospital is the oldest hospital in New England. From its origins in Charlestown in 1811 to its current status as the preeminent psychiatric hospital in the country, it has been a part of Boston’s history for nearly 200 years, leading the way in humane psychiatric care, scientific discovery, professional training, and public education.


F&T has completed 100+ projects over the span of 50 years at McLean Hospital including engineering design of the majority of their original campus buildings, and many renovations. Our work there includes programs of inpatient beds and treatment, outpatient treatment, research and laboratories, diagnostic imaging, dining and support services, and infrastructure upgrades. Our McLean work specifically includes renovation and new construction projects for adolescent and adult populations, both inpatient and outpatient units. Our most recent project at McLean included HVAC, Plumbing, fire protection and electrical engineering services for a 54,000-sf horizontal and vertical addition/renovation to an existing McLean Hospital inpatient bed facility.


Today McLean is the flagship mental health hospital of Harvard Medical School and Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare), Boston’s leading health care system. We are currently working on several projects at McLean.


Learn more about F&T's History here.


Image: McLean Mental Hospital administration building By John Phelan – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9715880. Robert Lowell By Elsadorfman – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26201157. This story about the McLean Mental Hospital was updated in 2020.