And now, straight from the new Save Silvercrest web site, here are the facts about Silvercrest, its history and future, and the grassroots, locally-based effort underway to stave off the wrecking ball and encourage its adaptive reuse. Be sure to check the web site itself for many more photos and pertinent details.
► What is Silvercrest?
Twelve buildings totaling 147,300 square feet nestled in a park like setting on a hilltop in New Albany, Indiana (1809 Old Vincennes Road). These magnificent buildings originally served as the campus of the Silvercrest Hospital and most recently the Silvercrest Children’s Development Center.
With the recent closing of the Development Center, the Silvercrest structures are ripe for private development.
As described in the original hospital prospectus this site is “surrounded with the natural beauty for which Southern Indiana has long been famous … with the myriad lights of the metropolitan area of Louisville … alive with scenic beauty.”
► Why is Silvercrest at risk?
The state owned facility has been vacant since May 2006. If a preservation-minded buyer is not found, the state may seek to demolish all structures on the site. The state does plan to initiate a bidding process for private developers soon.
This website was created by supporters from the community and the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission to give potential buyers a chance to review all available documentation on Silvercrest.
Our goal is to Save Silvercrest, a historically and architecturally significant site, by encouraging its adaptive reuse and preserving an important piece of Hoosier history.
► Community Effort Launches Website
The community of New Albany shows its support for saving Silvercrest by helping launch this website. It was a team effort that included the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission, Develop New Albany, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and Dragonfly Realty LLC.
Special thanks to Jim Sprigler of Halo Applications for the site format and design.