Inspired by a terracotta roundel
on the historic..
St. Vincent's Hospital, Student nurses' Residence in...
New York City,
~ I present ~
Nurse roundel Nr 158
Modelled by Randall

Randall is an art scholarship recipient of Iowa Central Community College.

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The first test cast

Below are some studio photos of my orginal clay model during it's various creation and finishing stages. These clay models are NOT molded copies taken off antiques, but were hand sculpted by Randall in the same style and configurations as 19th century and Art Deco architectural sculptures.
Molds made of my clay models enable clients to purchase cast-stone or concrete casts of my models for wall decoration, garden or incorporating into a brick wall in new construction in a variety of finishes.
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Original model when it was a work in progress nearing completion:

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SIZE: Nominal 21-1/2" diameter
WEIGHT:around 45#.

Working on this model of a nurse portrait, inspired by a roundel over the doorway of the 1924 St Vincent's hospital student nurses' residence building located at 158 West 12th St., NYC. The non-profit Catholic run hospital complex went bankrupt in 2010 and closed after being over one BILLION dollars in debt! St Vincent’s failure left 3,500 employees jobless and 200,000 New Yorkers without their nearest hospital.

As recently as the nineties, St. Vincent’s was a relatively financially healthy concern. More than any hospital in New York, By the late nineties, the hospital had built up a comfortable reserve estimated at $200 million. Then, in 1998, with most of New York’s major hospitals in the process of agglomerating into multi-hospital systems, St. Vincent’s hired consultants at Ernst & Young to help it explore the possibility of expansion. It came to envision a Catholic health-care empire, bringing it together with six church-sponsored hospitals in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well numerous nursing homes and home-health-care agencies. Ernst & Young reported that the Catholic hospitals would lose $100 million annually by 2002 if they tried to go it alone, but would produce annual profits of $25 million to $30 million by uniting and taking advantage of a range of synergies. Purchasing and billing would be consolidated; the larger patient base would give the system clout to negotiate better reimbursement rates from insurers; and, most important, the outer-borough community hospitals would send their patients to the Village flagship for high-paying specialty care in areas like cancer and cardiology. “Merging was the magic bullet,” says one former St. Vincent’s executive. “The board got caught up in the romance of the idea, and there wasn’t any real due diligence.” As the date of the merger approached, the Times reported that the new hospital system was searching for “a chief executive whose résumé suggests a Jack Welch.”

Instead, St. Vincent’s hired a man named David Campbell, who arrived in New York after resigning from Detroit Medical Center, where he oversaw $100 million in losses. The consolidation experiment proved, in short order, to be a disaster. In 2000, the first full year of the merged system, St. Mary’s, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, spent $27 million more on patient services than it collected; by 2005, its losses were up to $71 million. Other hospitals in the system, like St. Joseph’s in Flushing and Mary Immaculate in Jamaica, were similar money pits.

The 1890 era hospital complex was sold to a developer who demolished most of the buildings to build a 300 unit condo, the nurses' residence building was gutted and the facade shell with the two nurse sculptures on it will remain.

HISTORY of the building

Having lived near and used this major, iconic and historic 1890s era hospital complex in Greenwich Village as a teen, I was saddened to hear about it's bankruptcy, sale to a developer, and demolition to build some 300 condos.

Demolition on St. Vincent's hospital began in 2012. Some of the other hospital buildings in the complex, including this residence building which has been gutted to a shell- will be converted into luxury condos and a new luxury building will replace the St. Vincent's building. It was a major teaching hospital in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York City.

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Main Entrance ca. 1900

St. Vincent's was the 3rd oldest hospital in New York City after The New York Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. It was founded as a medical facility in 1849; and named for St. Vincent de Paul, a seventeenth-century French priest, whose religious congregation of the Daughters of Charity inspired the founding in Maryland in 1809 of the Sisters of Charity by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a native New Yorker and Roman Catholic convert.

In October 1892 St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing was launched. The school received its certification from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1905, one of the first such schools to be so recognized.

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The 15 story nurses' Residence building was erected in 1924

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The Nurses' Residence building entrance with terracotta ornamentation and bronze doors.

The Sisters admitted patients regardless of religion or ability to pay. St. Vincents also operated a soup kitchen. According to an 1892 New York Times article St. Vincent's was distinguished from other hospitals in the city by its feeding of "a large number of tramps and other destitute persons.

In 1911, Saint Vincent's Ambulance responded to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, where they watched helplessly as those trapped in the fire jumped to their deaths onto the street below. In 1912, Saint Vincent's received and treated victims after the sinking of the Titanic.

St. Vincent's was the primary admitting hospital for those injured in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

For more than 150 years, St. Vincents Hospital was a beacon in Greenwich Village, serving poets, writers, artists, winos, the poor and the working-class, and gay people. It treated victims of the cholera epidemic of 1849, and the Hudson River landing of US Airways Flight 1549.

In 2005, under financial pressure from its charity involvements and rising costs totalling $1 Billion, the SVCMC system filed for the first of two bankruptcies. The system launched an aggressive reorganization effort, selling or transferring its money-losing facilities and focusing development on its main hospital. On April 30, 2010, at 8 am, the emergency room at St. Vincent's closed, officially shutting down the hospital after 161 years of service to the residents of New York. On August 21, 2011, prosecutors with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office were reported to have launched an investigation to determine whether administrators intentionally ran St. Vincent's into the ground.

At the time of its closure St. Vincent's occupied a large real estate footprint in Greenwich Village; it consisted of several hospital buildings and a number of outpatient facilities, had more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, including 70 full-time and 300 voluntary attending physicians, and trained more than 300 residents and fellows annually. As a Catholic hospital, St. Vincent's was officially sponsored by the Sisters of Charity and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

St. Vincent's was the last Catholic general hospital in New York city. The St. Vincent de Paul Stained Glass Window from St. Vincent's Hospital was saved and gifted to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, in honor of its legacy of charity.

After I obtained some very good closeup photos, I decided I would create a model of her after being inspired by the demolition story in the news.

FINISHES AVAILABLE
I offer several different finishes. They vary from piece to piece, and actual colors displayed on your monitor will vary as well. The samples below display the more popular interior only finishes, as well as the hand-pressed kiln fired red terracotta which can be displayed either outdoors or indoors.

Note that the terracotta is ONLY available in brick red and ONLY on a limited selection- the designs in the TERRACOTTA category, not to be confused with the red terracotta FINISH! which is on cast-stone only.

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PRICES

Prices include shipping and are shown on each sculpture on the CART PAGES.

SHIPPING

The majority of my larger sculptures are shipped in custom built CDX plywood crates, smaller sculptures may ship double boxed instead of a crate. You will need a #2 square drive bit or large phillips driver to open the crate.

I use FEDEX ground service for all shipments in the lower 48 states. I do not ship outside the USA.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

My standard cast-stone is for INTERIOR OR UNDER A COVERED PORCH ONLY! Out in the garden they might last 4 or 5 years, maybe longer before showing weather damage.

If you are looking for something for the garden or to build into a wall, I offer a growing number of hand-pressed, kiln fired red terracotta works. for many reasons, concrete is no longer available.

All of my interior sculptures have a heavy wire embedded on the back to hang them on the wall.

DESIGNS by RANDALL

The clay models shown in my various work in progress photos are not molded off of existing antique pieces.
These hand sculpted models are created from scratch by Randall in water based clay, and typically take an average of 20-30 hours to set up, layout and sculpt each master model.
When the clay master models are finished, they are permanently captured with silicone mold compounds which can pick up even a fingerprint and faithfully transfer it to a cast made in it. From the molds, interior cast-stone as well as a growing number of kiln fired terracotta sculptures are made available for clients to purchase.

Existing savaged pieces are limited to what happens to be for sale at high prices, often damaged, rarely found in pairs and being typically large in scale (meant to be seen from the street from 5 floors below) they are difficult to display in today's smaller homes and apartments. Instead of making molds of these pieces, Randall creates new original models based on authentic 19th century and early 20th century Victorian, Art Deco and Louis Sullivan style architectural sculptures. While I do have a small number of older designs directly molded from antique pieces, these are being phased out over time as I create my own original models.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE:

Designs in the Collection are copyright, this includes reproductions of antique pieces upon which I made certain modifications, alterations or changes- the changes are copyright. I reserve the right to decline sales to anyone.

Original clay models by Randall (and casts made from them) all carry my impressed model numbers, paw-print logo, date of creation, signature casting number date are inscribed by hand on the back of every cast.

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QUESTION: Aren't these too heavy for my plasterboard wall Randall?

By no means! keep in mind- your walls weigh thousands of pounds and support the roof. HOWEVER- do not use plastic or self adhesive picture hangars of any kind, or try to simply put a screw into the thin sheetrock-these will not hold, and are not designed to.

Install your mounting hooks or other hangars into the solid wood STUD inside the wall, these are spaced 16" apart. You should use an anchor rated to hold at least twice the shipping weight of the sculpture.

To show what a sheetrock wall can hold, here is a photo of two shelves I installed on my bedroom wall for original sculptures that I couldn't mount any other way, the brackets are screwed into the wall studs with 3" screws. The weight for the stone and terra-cotta shown-the top shelf; 175# and 125# for the lower shelf- 300# total.

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