Looking at the illustration, I had a little trouble getting my bearing, causing me to wonder if it was constructed as originally planned. But a quick look at a corresponding Google Maps aerial from the last couple of years (below), however, convinced me that it was just the Reid Avenue viewpoint of the architectural drawing that confused me.
|In this Google Maps photo, the oldest part of the hospital, |
as well as the Reidy Scanlan furniture store, are shown as vacant lots
Today the St. Joseph Community Center complex is slated for demolition. (You can try reading about it here on the Morning Journal website, which generously allows the non-subscriber to read about one archived article a month.)
For a peek inside the now empty buildings, pay a visit to this intriguing blog, which has some terrific photographs. But be forewarned - the photos are fairly heartbreaking to anyone who spent time over the years in St. Joe’s, whether they were employed there, treated there, visited friends and loved ones there or perhaps – were born there (like me).