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Polaroid photo of excavators standing atop piles of rubble moments after they were used to pull down the last remaining part of Saint Joseph Hospital on Broadway in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Demolition of Saint Joseph Hospital #51 Demolition of Saint Joseph Hospital #51

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Demolition of Saint Joseph Hospital #51

Polaroid photograph of the demolition of Saint Joseph Hospital on the corner of Broadway and Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Excavators stand atop piles of rubble a few minutes after they were used to pull down the last remaining section of the hospital. Most of the huge cloud of dust that filled the air when the structure collapsed has dissipated, though some still lingers in the air.

The demolition was completed in the evening around 6pm.



About The Hospital:

Founded in 1869, Saint Joseph Hospital was the oldest hospital in Fort Wayne. It closed in November, 2021 and demolition began in 2022.

Originally a Roman Catholic hospital, Saint Joseph was sold years ago to a big for-profit company that also owns Lutheran Hospital and Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. The company built a new, much smaller hospital one block over on the corner of Main Street and Van Buren Street to replace the aging Saint Joseph Hospital. The Saint Joseph name was not kept; the new hospital is called "Lutheran Downtown."



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