St. Mary’s Infirmary Coming Down

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Long-suffering St. Mary’s Infirmary, or the old Malcolm-Bliss, is finally being put out of its misery.

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One half of the building, up to the central hallway, has been demolished.

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I’m sad, but realistically, it was in danger of collapse, and the city officials I know who made the decision couldn’t put off the emergency demolition any longer.

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Damaged by numerous fires, as the above pictures attests, it was located in the middle of the AmerenUE campus (itself a problematic entity, creating a huge, wasteful dead zone south of downtown), and really stood no long term chance of renovation.

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  1. I always knew this would be the likely fate of this building, but I am still sad to see it go. I always liked seeing it from highway 40.

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