The view from up here (on top of the administrative center) was great. You could see over nearby Smith College and the town of Northampton out into the Connecticut River Valley. It was especially awe-inspiring when the weather was clear like it was on this day.
There used to be a large cupola a little further up from this spot, but it was removed some time before the hospital closed. Substantial remodeling of the admin's section was done at some point in the twentieth-century and it was probably removed then. Afterwards, in its place was a small box-like structure. The "box" had a siren in it, probably used to announce the change of shifts and such things. I think I have a picture of it. Maybe I'll post that too.
The building on the left was added some time after the Kirkbride was built. I don't know all the details but I believe it was originally used as a tuberculosis infirmary. There was a similar building at the end of the opposite wing, although that one was more closely connected to the Kirkbride.
The enclosed walkway connecting this building with the Kirkbride was probably added even later, but I'm not sure of that either. Northampton certainly was a rambling old building with lots of such additions. It made the place a bit of a labyrinth.