St. Vincentius Ziekenhuis

Abandoned: 2000

Demolished: 2009

Visited: 2008

Antwerpen, Belgium

In 1867 the religious group ‘Brothers of Charity’ from Gent bought some ground in the Sint-Vincentius street in Antwerpen. They asked permission to built a state-of-the-art modern monastery. Architect François Heliodore Joseph Leclef designed the buildings and fitted it with an ingenious central heating system. Unfortunately, the gas bills and the interest charges were so high, the Brothers had to sell the monastery. In 1875, barely five years after opening, it was sold to the ‘Sisters of Charity’ who also took over the old-age and sick care of the Brothers.

1929

In 1894 a new organ was installed at the chapel of St. Vincentius Ziekenhuis by organ builder Joseph Deprez from Gent. A new wing was built on the left side of the building around 1929, later the construction of the parallel south wing and a new building on the west side followed. In the 1980s, the right half of the front building was demolished together with the connecting side and rear wings. Luckily, most of the impressive front building and the chapel remained intact.

2008

New demolition works started in 2008. Just before the works started I had the change to get in this, at the time, partly abandoned hospital. The old buildings I visited were torn down one year later; only the façade remains and is used as an entrance to a new hospital building.

Photos St. Vincentius Ziekenhuis

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