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An Update On the 'Bittersweet Progress' At The Site Of The Old Jewish Hospital

Back in May, hundreds of former employees of the old Jewish Hospital gathered at the complex  along Kingshighway to say goodbye. Three of the four  buildings - some of which were built in the early 1900s - were schedule to come down as part of a multi-million dollar project to upgrade the Barnes-Jewish medical facilities.

Here's a look at the campus in the middle of the 20th century and early in the 21st century:

Credit Courtesy of Barnes-Jewish Hospital

And here's what the site look like from the air on Feb. 21, 2014:

Credit Kent Raney

You can see more images from the demolition by clicking through the slide show above.

Credit Tim Mudrovic
Workers remove the cornerstone of the old Jewish Hospital to place it in storage. It will be incorporated into the new building.

Demolition is scheduled to be completed in April, and construction should start shortly after that. Cary Cantwell, who is overseeing part of the project, said the tough winter weather has led to work stoppages, but the project remains on schedule.

Curious about what happened to artifacts like the cornerstone of Jewish Hospital and the menorah that sat in the front window? Project spokeswoman Kathy Bretsch said they're all in storage, and will be incorporated into the new building.

Click here for Rachel Lippmann's story on the history of Jewish Hospital.

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.