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When the Walls Came Tumblin' Down

May 29th 2017

Contact: Nick Paranjape, (615) 284-1210, Nick.Paranjape@STH.ORG
A Bird's Eye View of Imperial House Demolition near Saint Thomas West Hospital

One moment it was there, and the next moment it wasn't.

The Imperial House, a long-standing visual icon of the Richland Creek area near Saint Thomas West Hospital, was damaged beyond repair by flooding several years ago and deemed unusable. After careful environmental impact study, the decision was made to finally bring the memorable building down.

Beginning in mid-May of 2017, the process began of dismantling the structure. Piece by piece, the facade was stripped bare until only a skeletal remnant remained. On May 24, the final supporting piece was removed and the house came down.

Additional demolition and cleanup will continue for the next 60-90 days. Saint Thomas Health, a member of Ascension, is currently exploring new uses for the site to benefit the entire community.

Video provided courtesy of Case Restoration.


In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates.  Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $78 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable.  Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.   Visit www.sthealth.com

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