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Demolition Makes Forest Park Hospital Look Even Creepier [Photos]

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The zoo bought the thirteen acre site in October 2012 to pave the way for the expansion. The zoo's plans stretch 30 years into the future, starting with a parking garage to open this summer and eventually culminating in expanded animal habitats, a zoo-themed restaurant and hotel and even an over-the-highway gondola.

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See also: Abandoned Forest Park Hospital: What's the Deal with All That Leftover Equipment?
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Crews started demolishing the hospital in January. The south wing, the main hospital and the central utility plant are slated to be torn down by June.
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Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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arnolddc1
arnolddc1

I worked there for thirteen years, with four ownership changes. The last two for profit companies only wanted the accounts receivable. They had no intention of paying back the vendors or upgrading the hospital. The goverment gave them money to keep the ER open, but it wasn't an ER, it was an urgent care. Anything serious was transferred out.' You had to push a patient two blocks to get to a working CT machine. Housekeepers bought toilet paper and cleaning supplies with their own money. We didn't have crutches in the supply closet.

The Joint Commision continued to accredit this place and so did the city and state. There were roaches, mice, rats, bats, and ferral cats.

Renate Kheim
Renate Kheim

Or maybe ,that while this country does not have any money,because,there is so much wasted and thrown away.

Renate Kheim
Renate Kheim

You are right Rena. In my eyes Deaconess Hospital was great and I don't know,why it was sold. In my eyes this country has too much money ,(also the large amounts of money they charge in the hospitals) to tear perfect buildings down. The same here in Denver.

Melonie Brock
Melonie Brock

I'm so happy it's torn down. My mother locked my brother in there as a child. I'm so glad to see it crumble...very symbolic to me!

Tony Marzuco
Tony Marzuco

Sad my daughter was born there 21 years ago. But at least it not just going to be a Empty lot.

Jay Smith
Jay Smith

I was surprised too. As a Union Carpenter I've done a few demo's and before we did them we at least seperated metals from the rest to be sent to a recycling yard,etc.

Sonya Garcia Edwards
Sonya Garcia Edwards

I wondered the same thing. I saw several things that could have been donated. Beds for hospice care, furnitue, TVs. Lots of stuff that could have been reused. Made me sad that it was being destroyed.

Jay Smith
Jay Smith

Seeing a picture with the tricycle makes you wonder what was left that could have been donated to daycares,etc.

Rena Birchfield
Rena Birchfield

It use to be Deaconess Hospital, I had my Daughter there was Wonderful also I know ALOT of people's life's were saved there. Forest park was not a good Hospital .

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

I had a tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy there when I was 5 years old.....I like the old place! My brother had his op the same day.....

Laura Gauch
Laura Gauch

This makes me sad, I went to nursing school there.

Jenny Ingles
Jenny Ingles

It took them many weeks to tear it down. So much rubble.

Jim Gibbons
Jim Gibbons

Anyone know what happened to the medical records from Deaconess?

Christina Sack
Christina Sack

I broke In here and went through the entire thing before they started demolishing. Talk about creepy....

Jennifer OHearn
Jennifer OHearn

D. c. Small, I asked a local meteorologist and they said it's not weather related. Hmm.

Tiffany Fanning-Heise
Tiffany Fanning-Heise

I wondered what was going on we saw this going to the blues game and we were like wth?

Matt Fitzwater-Stevens
Matt Fitzwater-Stevens

@D.c. Small is right. More specifically, Channel 2 used to be located across Hampton from the hospital, and had its own meteorology operation. (This was before they consolidated their news with Channel 30 and moved to Maryland Heights.) TV stations used to compete with dueling in-house radars, back when the Weather Service's technology was inferior and/or not available for live streaming. My guess is that the radome was erected by KTVI at that time, and never was dismantled.

Michael Margulis
Michael Margulis

Grow up Anita Skeets Rogers...describing a building that looks like people would rape people in does NOT diminish the horror of being raped...calling names makes you seem like a troll though.

Anita Skeets Rogers
Anita Skeets Rogers

Eddie Gregs plz stop using RAPE out of context. It minimizes those who have been violated. Or are you just an ass like that? I have been raped. I don't think if you got raped you would use the word out of context

Michael Margulis
Michael Margulis

I wish this was pics of old city hospital. ..that place was creepy

Mark Dixon
Mark Dixon

yep i pushed hundreds of beds out those windows

Sam Rice
Sam Rice

Patricia, I think it looks cool. Screw these haters.

Jennifer OHearn
Jennifer OHearn

Does anyone know what that white sphere is on top of it? Does it have something to do with radar for the helicopters to land?

Bo Melton
Bo Melton

Mark Dixon is this the hospital you were working in?

Angie Casaretto
Angie Casaretto

i was born in that hospital back in 1980 before it was call forest park hospital, Deaconess was the name of it back then

Eddie Gregs
Eddie Gregs

I feel a rape vibe every time I pass it

arnolddc1
arnolddc1

Old records were sent to Iron Mountain.

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