Demolition planned for historic St. Elizabeth hospital buildings

As News 18 previously reported, the buildings have stood for more than 150 years, but have recently sat unused and empty.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 5:40 PM

LAFAYAETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Several historic buildings at the old St. Elizabeth Hospital will be torn down in early May. That's according to Lafayette Economic Development Director Dennis Carson.

The former St. Elizabeth Nursing School is one of the structures coming down. As News 18 previously reported, the buildings have stood for more than 150 years, but have recently sat unused and empty. Franciscan said it spends nearly $1 million a year on upkeep.

Carson said it's sad to see this piece of Lafayette's history coming down.

"It's an unfortunate thing that we are losing those buildings," he said. "There is a great legacy there from the sisters and from the hospital and from the community."

He said that the city has tried to help save the buildings.

"We really tried together to work with them over the past five years to find something that could be worked out and reuse those," he said. "Unfortunately nothing worked out.

Franciscan also plans to tear down the north and west wings of the central building on Hartford Street. A Franciscan spokesperson says a healing garden is planned for the area.

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