"It smells like death in here."
-Hino Cypress, on the building
Trinity Heights Suites, commonly abbreviated Trinity Heights, formerly Trinity Heights Mental Institution, is an abandoned asylum-turned-hotel located in remote Massachusetts and the main location in which the Fading Light series takes place. Standing for over a century, it's current ownership and purpose is largely unknown.
Much of the history of Trinity Heights is shrouded in mystery. It is stated by an audio guide owned by Caleb that it was founded as a sanatorium for the criminally insane in 1868 by James Morrow, an accomplished psychiatrist.
While partly remembered as a place of good reputation thanks to Morrow's involvement, Trinity Heights is also known today for the large amount of controversial deaths during its operation. Like many sanatoriums of its day, Trinity Heights was apparently given to controversial treatments, such as shock therapy and lobotomies. Also, it is stated by Rosalind (and persisted by a few others) that, before closing its doors, Trinity Heights was the site of a brutal massacre by an inmate dubbed 'The Gardener' who, using a stolen trowel, murdered a number of staff and patients before being gunned down. Another rumor, presented by Dana, is that a group of nurses who were driven insane themselves took their own lives in the chapel.
For reasons unrevealed, the establishment closed its door permanently at some point following the Second World War.
Role in Fading LightEdit
Shortly prior to the beginning of the series, parties unknown invited a number of supernatural entities to attend an all-expense-paid getaway at Trinity Heights, claiming in their letter that it had since been converted into a hotel and opened as a tourist destination.
In the first preview of the story, On The Way, Trinity Heights doesn't appear physically but is described briefly by a documentary as a sanatorium of historical significance, though this is not elaborated on further. Caleb Ghatz, one of twenty youths en route to the location, reviews a letter inviting him to Trinity Heights as the recipient of a week-long getaway at the estate. Upon his arrival in Arriving at Trinity Heights, however, claims of such conversion are proven only partially true, as much of the building is still entirely deserted.
Two other guests arrive subsequently in the next preview, Graham Building: Part I. John "Chance" Montgomery, a short-tempered and abrasive young man, peruses the building alone until he meets Caleb and the flirtatious Elle, the latter of whom immediately latches onto him. The three of them make their way to the nearby dining hall, commenting on the lack of attending staff.
The next preview, Graham Building: Part II introduces Lenten and Hino as they explore the nearby gardens and muse how much of the building has been overtaken by nature. In an attempt to find the welcoming ceremony, they enter through the right wing of Graham, which is revealed to not have been refurbished.
Two more participants - the assertive Ivy and the even-keel Theo - arrive in Graham Building: Part III, greeted by Rosalind and Casimir. The catty Rosalind, in a lackluster attempt at amity, recounts the legend of The Gardener, an asylum patient who murdered a number of workers on the estate, much to Ivy's chagrin.
Commentary on Trinity Heights states that the building's design follows the Kirkbridge Plan, composed of a central administrative building flanked on either side by equidistant wings as well as several other buildings littered across the campus and large wall boarding the perimeter. While some parts of the building have been restored to the grandeur it had in its heyday, the structure today is considered sound but also quite derelict in places.
The Graham Building is the main building of Trinity Heights located in the center of the establishment. It is described as having two stories; the ground-level floor being solely for office use and the upper floor for residential staff housing, stated to contain rudimentary living conditions as well as a lavish dining area and an equally-extravagant bedchamber that was personally commissioned by Morrow for personal use during extended stays there. Overlooking the building, accessible from a staircase within the main building, is a rather ominous, illuminated clock tower. As with many of the other buildings, all of the decorative windows in Graham are reinforced with steel rods to prevent escape. Multiple hallways in the back of Graham connect it to the patient dormitories behind it.
While much of Graham remains untouched and withered, the main entranceway and foyer is revealed to have been refurbished as a hotel prior to the arrival of the present-day incoming guests.
St. James ChapelEdit
One of the many monuments to St. James at Trinity Heights, the chapel was added in 1912 as a finishing touch. It's said that a group of nurses, driven mad by their constituents, committed a mass suicide within the chapel walls.
Walled by seven-story concrete along the entire perimeter, sans the main gate at the entranceway, the courtyard makes up the entirety of the outdoor space of the estate. Much of the natural scenery is described as decayed and weatherbeaten; the trees on the grounds are skeletal and the greenery is choked by weeds and buried in the snowbanks. Circled around the main building are smaller satellites, such as an infirmary, a treatment center, a greenhouse, and a chapel among others. Towards the main building is a wilted natural area overrun with vines of ivy.