Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana Region , 1913

2534 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis IN 46208

Architect/Designer: Oscar Bohlen, original façade

Schmidt Associates, reconstruction and rehabilitation


Ivy Tech chose to demolish the majority of the structure, retaining the historic central and wings façade along Fall Creek Parkway. The design of the addition, which includes the entire rear of the structure, is in stark contrast to the original brick structure, indicating the contemporary nature of the design.      The historic St. Vincent Hospital façade is a five story classical revival brick structure with a concrete rear addition. The main façade is divided into three sections, the original main entrance and two symmetrical original wings that extend towards Fall Creek Parkway. The main entrance features six symmetrical bays that are projected forward in three stages. There is a central bay that features three identical windows on each floor with a large classical revival pediment along the roof line. The central bay features the main entrance, a grand staircase that leads into a small vestibule. The two symmetrical bays on either side of the entrance recede from the main entrance, these bays feature similar window treatments but with four windows on each floor. Receding back further still are the final symmetrical bays, this area has been largely reconstructed due to deterioration. The symmetrical five story wings on either side of the façade feature brick work and window treatments identical to the main façade. The wing end in a half rotunda, the wings feature their original footprint along with original window openings; however, the windows have been replaced along with the majority if the brick work.

Significance Statement – including special status and awards won:

The St. Vincent Hospital has diverse history, opened in 1913 the hospital facilities eventually moved further north and the building was turned into low-income housing in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the building slowly deteriorated despite consistent use and in 2003 the building was sold to the city. Ivy Tech acquired the building in 2006 and began renovations in 2010. The college hopes to embody the spirit of the original hospital, a space that gives back to the community through public services and engagement.

Designation status:


Style: Classic revival

Owner (past/present):

Past: St. Vincent Hospitals

Present: Ivy Technical Institute

Materials: Brick, stone

Additions and/or changes with date:

1974: Interior reconstruction to convert building into apartments

2009-2010: Interior reconstruction to convert building into Ivy Tech campus

Historic use/current use:

Historic use: hospital

Current use: community college

Is building open to the public?: Yes

Condition: Excellent

Website and/or sources of information:

Additional information: http://news.ivytech.edu/2012/01/20/ivy-tech-community-college-celebrates-grand-opening-of-newest-campus-building-the-college-restores-former-st-vincent-hospital-property/

Research Sources:

Richtie, Carrie. “Ivy Tech celebrating renovation of former hospital in Indianapolis.” Indianapolis Star. January 20, 2012.

Ivy Tech. “Ivy Tech Community College Celebrates Grand Opening of Newest Campus Building.” January 20, 2012. Accessed December 3, 2015. http://news.ivytech.edu/2012/01/20/ivy-tech-community-college-celebrates-grand-opening-of-newest-campus-building-the-college-restores-former-st-vincent-hospital-property/

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