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Published on October 09, 2015

St. Vincent’s HealthCare demolishing Seton Hall and Bryan Auditorium

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor, Financial News & Daily Record

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is taking down Seton Hall and Bryan Auditorium on its Riverside campus.

Spokesman Kyle Sieg said the demolition is expected to be completed in December. The 65,000-square-foot structure is on the riverfront along King Street, adjacent to the hospital at 1 Shircliff Way.

Seton Hall has been part of St. Vincent’s since 1952 and has been the home of its nursing school. Time and the elements took their toll on the facility.

“For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to close and demolish the building,” Sieg said.

Pieces that can be salvaged will be preserved and displayed throughout the St. Vincent’s system, he said.

The city is reviewing a permit application for Brasfield & Gorrie LLC to demolish Seton Hall and Bryan Auditorium at a job cost of $978,000.

Sieg said Seton Hall originally was home to the nursing school, but support services have moved in and out of the space over the years.

It has been vacant for six-eight months and its upper floors have been empty for at least three years. Services there were relocated elsewhere on St. Vincent’s campus.

Bryan Auditorium, which opened in 1982, has served as the main auditorium. Sieg said St. Vincent’s has shifted meetings to other parts of St. Vincent’s HealthCare.

Sieg said the system is updating its long-term facilities plan, and there are no plans for the space at this time.

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