Nurse roundel , ST Vincent’s Hospital

I decided to do the nurse roundel next, the original roundel is one of I believe two over the entrances of what was the St Vincent hospital student nurses’ residence building in Greenwich Village.
Some time back the 758 bed main hospital building was demolished, it featured an ornate chapel with stained glass windows. The neo-Baroque chapel, opened in 1889, served as a refuge for survivors of major catastrophes, including the sinking of the Titanic, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the AIDS epidemic and the September 11 attacks.

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The Catholic-charity-run St. Vincent’s Hospital is under investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s fraud unit, which is probing whether honchos purposely tanked its finances so it could be sold to a private developer, The NY Post has learned.

Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars went up in smoke during the center’s collapse, and DA investigators are examining sky-high payments to top executives and private consultants at the hospital founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1849, said multiple sources familiar with the probe.

Former CEO Henry Amoroso, once a top church official in the Newark Archdiocese, oversaw the runaway spending, which led to $1 billion in debt and bankruptcy before the hospital closed in April 2010.

The hospital went bankrupt in 2010 and the extensive complex of buildings were sold to a developer with plans to demolish and build 350 condos.
The nurses’ residence adjoined the main hospital in the same block, I don’t even know if it is still standing, or whether it will remain standing even.

Now I begin by shaping the main background potion of the roundel using the templates. But I needed to remake the template based on this one, but an inch longer to allow for a larger diameter, and then a convex curve to form the egg & dart molding.

With the new template I started with the clay

And in about an hour I have the back portion all properly shaped and contoured as far as it can go using the template system

Next step is some carefull cleanup of any defects left behind from the process, then the metal post assembly needs to be dug out and removed from it’s attachment to the plywood, it’s held in place with a floor flange awith 4 screws. Then the central hole can be filled in at that point.