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Ursuline makes landmark list
Alumna’s efforts bring attention to school’s status

Published Thursday, April 03, 2008

A determined graduate helped put Springfield’s Ursuline Academy on the 2008 list of Illinois’ most endangered historic structures.
WEB EXTRA: Interactive map of endangered sites | Related video

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Ursuline alumna Sarah Jones, left, greets Mina McGuire of Landmarks Illinois and David Bahlman, president of Landmarks Illinois, Wednesday at Ursuline Academy. The trio announced Wednesday that the school has been placed on the 2008 list of Illinois’ most endangered historic structures.
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The list is put out annually by Landmarks Illinois, a Chicago-based organization that promotes historic preservation throughout the state.

Other sites on the 2008 list include Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs; Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and The Mill in Lincoln, a 1929 sandwich shop on the original Route 66.

The Ursuline Academy building has not been used since the 150-year-old high school was abruptly closed last year, a decision made by Lisle-based Benedictine University. Benedictine owns the campuses of both Ursuline and Springfield College in Illinois, which share a two-square-block campus in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of North Fifth Street.

The endangered buildings are all connected to one another. They include the original, three-story Italianate schoolhouse built in 1867, a Romanesque chapel added in 1895, and the Ursuline conservatory, built in 1908. William Conway, Springfield’s first licensed architect, designed the 1895 and 1908 additions.

Making the list gives no legal protection to a structure but helps raise public awareness, said Landmarks Illinois president David Bahlman, who led a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday announcing the 2008 list. The organization also acts as a liaison among preservation advocates, grant sources and approved building contractors.

When Ursuline Academy closed, Benedictine University President William Carroll said demolishing the 1867 building was not out of the question. His office would not comment Wednesday on Ursuline’s placement on the Landmarks Illinois list.

“There still are no plans for the building,” said Susie Doddek, director of college advancement at Springfield College in Illinois.

There has been talk of constructing a new building just north of Ursuline, next to SCI’s Dawson and Weaver halls, but Doddek said that wouldn’t affect the Ursuline building.

In any case, she said, any construction has been put on hold until the college’s trustees complete a 10-year strategic plan that itself will take two years to develop.

Ursuline might never have made the Landmarks Illinois list if it weren’t for Sarah Jones, a graduate of both Ursuline Academy and SCI. Jones also worked at SCI as an enrollment coordinator until she left in 2005.

Jones wrote her master’s thesis on the history of the Ursuline campus and sent an application to the National Trust for Historic Preservation last November. The National Trust forwarded Jones’ application to Landmarks Illinois (both share the same office building in Chicago). Landmarks Illinois contacted Jones in February.

Jones said very few examples of Conway’s work are left in Springfield. In addition to designing Ursuline’s conservatory and chapel, Conway donated the large stained-glass window in the music hall, a replica of Raphael’s altarpiece of St. Cecilia.

“This alone is worth saving it,” said Jones, 28.

But Jones said Ursuline is an important part of Springfield history. Ursuline nuns started the then all-girls school in 1857, at a time when educating women was not a priority. A decade later, they purchased the current campus property on what was then Springfield’s far north end. Ursuline became a coed school in 1981.

Jones belongs to a small group of people working to persuade Benedictine to preserve the academy.

But after the press conference, Bahlman, Jones and Springfield preservationist Jerry Jacobson, who all gathered in front of Ursuline, expressed their doubts. Bahlman said Benedictine has a poor track record when it comes to preservation.

During the 14 years Landmarks Illinois has been issuing its list, it has nominated 143 sites. A total of 38 are considered to have been saved, but 25 other nominated buildings no longer exist. The remaining sites all could still go either way, Bahlman said.

To learn more about the 2008 list and previous ones, visit Landmarks Illinois’ Web site at www.landmarks.org.

Anyone who would like to join the effort to save Ursuline can e-mail the group at

1400northfifth@gmail.com.

Pete Sherman can be reached at 788-1539.

Catholic services return to Ursuline

At least one part of the former Ursuline Academy campus is being returned to use for Catholic church services.

A new Young Adult Mass on Sunday nights has moved to the former Ursuline chapel on the campus of Springfield College in Illinois-Benedictine University.

“We’ve been averaging about 60 people every Sunday night, and the SCI/Benedictine leadership decided to reopen the Ursuline Sisters’ Chapel so that we can accommodate a growing crowd,” said Kevin Broeckling, SCI’s dean of student affairs. “We are really pleased to be providing this venue for some of our own students, some students from other colleges and for young adults in the area.”

The Young Adult Mass — known as YAM — is held at 8 p.m. every Sunday. The service has a target audience of people between the ages of 18 and 35, but anyone is welcome.

Ursuline chicken dinner to be held

Despite the demise of Ursuline Academy, the 35th annual Ursuline Academy Chicken Dinner will be held as usual Sunday, May 4.

Knights of Columbus Council 4175 and the Ursuline Academy Foundation will sponsor the dinner, which will be held on the K of C grounds, 2801 West St. on Springfield’s north end.

The Ursuline foundation provides scholarships for students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

The dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4. Tickets are $8 per adult and can be ordered in advance (children’s tickets must be purchased at the door).

Checks for advance tickets should be made payable to Knights of Columbus 4175 and sent to: Knights of Columbus 4175, Chicken Dinner, 2801 West St., Springfield, IL 62707.

Local endangered buildings

Landmarks Illinois’ “Ten Most Endangered” program is designed to bring attention to sites threatened by deterioration, neglect, insufficient funding or inappropriate development. It has been in place since 1995.

In all, 147 properties have been listed. Some have been saved, others have been demolished, and the future of many remains in doubt.

Here are Springfield-area properties that have been named to the list through the years and their current status.

2007 — Broadwell Tavern (Clayville Inn), near Pleasant Plains — still threatened

2006 — Greene County Almshouse, Carrollton — still threatened

2005 — Gillett Memorial Arch, Elkhart — stabilized

2004 — Eldred House, Eldred — still threatened

Judge Taylor House, 902 S. 12th St. Springfield — still threatened

2001 — Manske-Niemann Farm, Litchfield — still threatened

2000 — Central School, Lincoln — demolished

1997 — Ferguson Mansion, formerly at 815 N. Fifth St., Springfield — demolished

1996 — Chatterton’s Block, west side of Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield — saved

1995 — Enoch Building, Carrollton — demolished

Source: Landmarks Illinois

Troubled bulidings for 2008

Landmarks Illinois’ 2008 list of Illinois’ most

endangered structures

nAssembly Hall, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

nBurlingame House, Eden

nChicago Daily News Building

nGermania Club and Theatre, Chicago

nGunners’ Mate School, Great Lakes Naval Base, North Chicago

nMichigan Avenue Streetwall (along Michigan Avenue in Chicago from Randolph to 11th Street)

nThe Mill, Lincoln

nSpoon River Bridge, Bernadotte

nUrsuline Academy, Springfield

nWrigley Field, Chicago


Reader Comments - 60 comments

another sci alum wrote at 4/3/2008 12:35:46 AM

Good article - and many thanks to Sarah and Landmarks, Illinois. We hope these buildings can be preserved for future generations.

SHS and LHS wrote at 4/3/2008 5:35:07 AM

There are those who want to add Springfield High School and Lanphier High School as candidates for the wrecking ball. What a shame. What a tragedy it would be if these buildings, along with Ursuline, were to leave.

Should Save wrote at 4/3/2008 7:13:17 AM

The UA campus buildings should be saved. They are in good condition. It is not like they were boarded up and trashed. However, SCI has made it clear that they do not care about such things as history, community or the people of the community. If it makes a buck, they will do it. Yes, I am a Ursuline Alum and a proud Springfield resident (northend). SCI should be up front about their plans and work with the Springfield community. I am guessing their plan is a sneak attack, just like they did with the High School and it's students.

I AM ME wrote at 4/3/2008 8:14:28 AM

Landmark my eye. Tear it down. It's not worth saving. What a load of bullhockey to save a worthless building.

to SHS and LHS wrote at 4/3/2008 5:35:07 AM wrote at 4/3/2008 8:15:35 AM

Old buildings should be torn down. They are worthless eyesores and of no good to the modern world. The real shame would be to leave them standing.

Are you kidding me? wrote at 4/3/2008 8:38:53 AM

SCI Benedictine bught the property and all the headaches. Last time I checked, the owner decides what happens to their property. Old or new, it is their call, not the city of Springfield.

oddball wrote at 4/3/2008 8:47:33 AM

to I AM ME; you gotta wonder how long this place will be considered a "landmark" before people want to tear it down. I agree if nothings going to be done with it we don't need another abandoned building in town. Call the wrecking crew unless SCI can come up with something that utilizes this building in the next year.

citizen wrote at 4/3/2008 8:53:00 AM

Hooray for all the people fighting to save the past. If these dedicated peoplde had been around years ago maybe buildings like the Orpheum would still be here and used as awonderful theatre in all its old glory. Places around the world perserve there heritage. Can't tear buildings down, but can remodel according to history. Then they are put to gooduse.

I AM ME and to SHS and LHS wrote at 4/3/2008 5:35:07 AM wrote at 4/3/2008 9:01:34 AM

I hope if you all reach old age no one in your family will say: You're an eyesore, you're worthless, and you're not worth saving. History is what our nation, states, cities, and towns preserve. It's what makes places unique and interesting. Obviously you have no concept of history showing beauty, culture, the past, nor craftsmanship of an era gone by. It's easy to say "tear it down" or "it's an eyesore" when YOU really have no knowledge of what is being discussed here. To those trying to save the UA buildings and others around the state - Keep up the hard work!

Those that are not UA Alum wrote at 4/3/2008 9:18:09 AM

For those that are for tearing UA down...I guess you have never been in that School to see what it's all about.I spent 4 wonderful years of my life at UA..and I'm said that my children won't be able to go to that school.... You don't care if it gets torn down cause it means nothing to you that didn't go there, but those that went to school there, it means a heck of alot. Maybe we should keep UA and tear down SCI. There building is old too. SCI is nothing but money hungry people that don't care about anyone or anything but them.

good news! wrote at 4/3/2008 9:32:16 AM

Kudos to Sarah! As a UA alum, it is great to see a fellow alum committed to helping preserve this valuable piece of Springfield history. I hope the campus is indeed saved from the wrecking ball and the expansionist wrath of SCI/Benedictine. The buildings are beautiful and should be preserved. To I AM ME: would you rather see a town full of boxy, cheap looking new buildings? I think not. Old buildings lend character and history to a city and should be valued as such. Thanks, Sarah! And thanks SJ-R for covering this!

als wrote at 4/3/2008 9:41:47 AM

All buildings with such a history as this one are worth saving. Do you throw away those old black and white family photos?? Of course not, because they are YOUR history. Well, this is Springfield's history. Shame on you who so callously say "old buildings should be torn down." Thank you Sarah Jones for all your efforts.


Ursuline Academy Grad '69 wrote at 4/3/2008 9:52:08 AM

If you can look at an historic building and say it should be torn down, I'm sure you look at a book and say "It shouldn't be read". The value to Springfield is more than building new parking lots and building so far west that we are in the Jacksonville Square or being known for the community which demolished 'The Orpheum Theater', 'SS Peter and Paul Church' and 'The Ferguson Mansion' all which had historic value. One must respect the history of a community in order to empower the next generation. If you took the time to remember the exciting history of Spfld, you would also remember the aroma and taste of the 'Rechner' ButterCakes. Ignorance is not bliss, know the community inwhich you live and you would fight harder to save it. We travel thousands of miles to see the ruins of Egypt& the Cathedrals in Rome.

To 8:15:35 AM wrote at 4/3/2008 10:00:32 AM

My house was built 80 years ago, should it be torn down? What about my neighbor's house that is over 100 years old? The home is beautiful and listed on the National Register of Historical Places. If your logic was correct, then the following buildings listed on the National Register should be torn down: all the buildings on 6th street from Capitol to Monroe streets, the Dana-Thomas House, Lincoln's Home, the Illinois State Capitol and the Old State Capitol. Historic places are worth preserving because they are a living part of our present.

Common Sense wrote at 4/3/2008 10:35:53 AM

Assembly Hall in CU is on an endangered list what's up with that??? It's not like Abe played round ball there and or has some kind of historic significance anymore than Busch Stadium II did in St. Louis. Stick to truly old historically traceable significant structures sometimes all the good work of these preservationists gets lost in the frenzy to keep everything, sometimes things need to be replaced and not everything old automatically makes it worth keeping. Possibly Ursuline falls into that category but keeping it is going to cost money, chicken fry money ain't going to cut it with Benedictine it's going to take whole bunch of cash.

to citizen wrote at 4/3/2008 8:53:00 AM wrote at 4/3/2008 10:39:35 AM

We got to many trashy buildings in this town already. We dont need to save anymore. All this landmark or historic value stuff is nothing but garbage.

To: to SHS and LHS wrote at 4/3/2008 10:42:39 AM

That's true -- if they are worthless eyesores. Just because they are old does not inherently make them worthless eyesores. For example, Lincoln's Home and the State Capitol Building are both well over 100 years old. Lincoln's Home is probably roughly 170 years old. Admittedly, it has received lots of tender loving care because of who lived there. But, the point remains its age does not automatically make it worthless.

What SCI wants... wrote at 4/3/2008 10:52:01 AM

I believe that SCI forced UA out in order to expand their campus with no thought to the devistation it would cause to the students that planned on graduating from there. Suzy Doedick can say they have no intension on tearing anything down but that is just PR bull.

Interesting... wrote at 4/3/2008 10:52:10 AM

Did Abraham Lincoln himself go to school there? What does a guy have to do to get a statue of William Conway in the front? To 9:01:34 AM... What would this country be like w/o people like you? Pretty scary... keep fighting the fight!!!

to citizen wrote at 4/3/2008 8:53:00 AM wrote at 4/3/2008 10:39:35 AM wrote at 4/3/2008 11:03:59 AM

Once again, non-educated know-it-alls acting as if they know the situation. There is nothing "trashy" about the UA campus nor the inside of the buildings. Landmarks and history build character and show pride and lend ownership of a town. To speak off the cuff as such and say historic value is garbage shows ignorance.

mr bill wrote at 4/3/2008 11:08:07 AM

Good luck Ms. Jones and congrats on the excellent work you have done so far! Don't trust Benedictine/SCI! They are just a shameful organization!

Farm Girl wrote at 4/3/2008 11:39:06 AM

TO I AM ME, have you ever set foot inside any of these buildings? Before you make such statements, take a look. When I went to SCI in 1967-68, we took music appreciation classes in music hall at UA, it was a BEAUTIFUL building inside & out & the acoustics are amazing.

oddball wrote at 4/3/2008 11:44:39 AM

nothing historically significant happened in this school. Thus the only people who are saying its historic are the former students. Unless you people can come up with a solution that doesn't let this place just sit and rot, I think its going to need to be torn down. Its not like we can always live in the past. Plus ad hominem attacks never help to bolster your argument, they just show that you really have no good reasons to keep this place around except for selfish ones.

UA FOREVER wrote at 4/3/2008 11:52:50 AM

I hope that the buildings can be saved - there is a lot of history contained within them. Having had the chance to see the interior and the exterior I am amazed that SCI would even consider demolishing them. The chapel has great woodwork that was done by the sisters that would rival many historic buildings - you just don't see this type of woodwork in many buildings. If UA would ever reopen - my daughter would be there in a minute! Remember to support the UA Chicken dinner at the KC.

Chris Guy-Burrell wrote at 4/3/2008 11:53:21 AM

Actually I went to Ursuline, and the school means nothing to me. I say: Tear it down!

and then there are places that certain people would love to tear down wrote at 4/3/2008 11:56:18 AM

I have heard many St. Louis Cardinals fans exclaim that the eyesore known as Wrigley Field should have been torn down decades ago!

GREAT JOB SARAH! wrote at 4/3/2008 12:13:02 PM

Sarah! I'm so proud to call you a fellow alumna! Way to go and you know that I will support you in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me. I suppose that people who didn't go to the school don't know the history behind it, that it was used as a "hospital" during the civil war, or that Mother Mary Joseph Wolfe was asked to raise the flag at President Lincoln's funeral. I for one will fight the good fight to keep the buildings and the spirit of Ursuline alive. Thanks again, Lisa Sabo '82

UA allumni wrote at 4/3/2008 12:14:36 PM

we will boycot anything that SCI wants to do to this building that intends to destroy it

TO: Chris Guy-Burrell wrote at 4/3/2008 11:53:21 AM wrote at 4/3/2008 12:22:02 PM

Just because you did not have a pleasant high school life doesn't justify tearing down the buildings. Many more students before you and after you did enjoy life at UA and do want to preserve the strucures.

Ryan wrote at 4/3/2008 1:33:50 PM

Fantastic Job Sarah! You did an admirable job taking initiative and fighting for preservation of irreplacable Springfield landmarks. I've been inside the 5th street Ursuline buildings and they are both beautiful and fascinating inside and out. It was a shame for the 150 year old Academy to be shuttered, however it would be a tragedy for the historic 5th street buildings to be demolished. These buildings are just a few blocks from Lincoln's tomb and are a unique architectural anchor not only for that neighborhood but for Springfield.

to 12:22:02 PM wrote at 4/3/2008 1:54:18 PM

"Many more students before you and after you did enjoy life at UA and do want to preserve the strucures." valid point but immaterial. The only important thing is what the owner wants to do with the buildings. The buildings are their liabilities. I am all for voluntary preservation but I have issues with mandated preservation. Especially since those mandating are not the ones throwing out the cash.

A few thoughts wrote at 4/3/2008 2:35:27 PM

At some point, we need to decide what kind of city we want. Do we want a city of character with historic buildings of unique architecture or a city of strip malls, parkling lots and cookie cutter box houses? If the answer is the former, then buildings such as the Ursuline buildings need to be preserved. Historic preservation need not be an incredible burden. With proper rennovation, historic buildings can be converted to modern uses while maintaining the historic integrity of the buildings.

UA alumni class of 03 wrote at 4/3/2008 3:03:38 PM

To all those who didn't go to Ursuline you missed out on a lot. Ursuline was a totally different atmosphere than many of the high schools. We were a giant family. It is a shame that there isn't another high school like Ursuline in this town. I am one who will fight to keep Ursuline alive and not to destroy it. It's a shame to many of you who think Ursuline should be destroyed. Ursuline is such a great HS different that SHG! SCI doesn't need the buildings, they have their own buildings and are actually re-painting a lot of the red in Ursuline to purple which is really sad and rude I think. SCI is really money hungry and they need to maybe take the stand & give the city another Catholic High School with all the money they get! Renovate or remodel UA, DO NOT DESTROY IT!

Why? wrote at 4/3/2008 3:15:19 PM

Just as the Brinkerhoff home is an integral part of campus, so can the Ursuline buildings be. These buildings were built for education and with sensible renovation, they can still aptly serve that purpose. Yes maintenance and renovation may cost more at first, but these buildings would be an attractive, appealing and integral part of the campus and bestow SCI/Benedictine with distinct and unique look & experience. Yale & Harvard have old buildings, but they're not demolished. In fact, 150+ - 100 year old buildings serve as an integral part of campus at many local colleges and universities such as Millikin, Bradley, Illinois College, Knox College, the UofI and ISU (Knox's Old Main was built in 1857 and is still used today). Often these buildings are the defining symbol of their educational institution. SCI/Bennedictine will waste a huge opportunity and frankly disregard history and community if they demolish these buildings.

ua alum wrote at 4/3/2008 3:20:46 PM

Sarah I am happy to call you a fellow Ursuline Alum. I will do anyhing i can to help preserve these buildings. The Ursuline buildings are beautiful inside and out. Anything that will keep sci from demolishing these buildings i will support

Chris Guy-Burrell wrote at 4/3/2008 3:36:20 PM

Honestly, I don't care who enjoyed going there. I did not enjoy Ursuline, therefore I have the right to say the buildings should be torn down. If you liked the school, that's your opinion and you have a right to it. Just as I have the right to mine. As I said before: Tear it down!

To all Urs. alums wrote at 4/3/2008 3:41:39 PM

These buildings are not Ursuline anymore, they are just beautiful old buildings. Ursuline lives in your memories and your hearts, whatever happens to these buildings does not really matter. While I agree they definately fit the area, if SCI who now owns them needs more facilities to take care of their students and they need this ground to do that, then they should get to do what they want, they bought it. Now if someone wants to preserve it, maybe they should come up with the money and buy it from SCI. We can't always have what we want, just because we want it. Basically in this day and age, you have to put up or shut up.

Used to be UA student wrote at 4/3/2008 3:51:40 PM

Good job Sarah! We tried to do this last May but it didn't work out so good job! If you people think these buildings are old and need to be torn down then what do you say about Lincoln's home, Dana Thomas House, and the Old State Capitol. Those buildings are old too. I loved spending my only year in that school. Like in the video she said it all has meaning to us that went there. It wasn't just a school. I loved my time there and now I go to Springfield High School, and I like it there too, but I sometimes wonder what I would be doing if I were at Ursuline. So I hope these buildings stay, it just needs to stay here for us and the community.

oddball wrote at 4/3/2008 4:12:17 PM

to GREAT JOB SARAH!; the civil war was over by the time the hospital was built. In 1865 it ended, and the building built in 1867. So no it still doesn't have any historical significance. Like others are saying find a use for it or get rid of it. We have enough abandoned houses and buildings already in Springfield.

To: oddball wrote at 4/3/2008 4:12:17 PM wrote at 4/3/2008 4:43:06 PM

To: oddball wrote at 4/3/2008 4:12:17 PM: Regardless of the civil war connection or not, the Ursuline Academy buildings are Springfield Landmarks. Many people have sounded off today on this post site in a very well-spoken manner. You are missing the point of why so many people want the integrity of these buildings preserved. These buildings can be refurbished to their original splendor and still serve the college. As stated earlier, many college campuses house 100+ year-old buildings. The Ursuline campus is not currently "abandoned" nor does it need to be. Restoring the buildings will show the glory of what many here today know can exist. Most of us know that Ursuline the high school is not coming back. The buildings, however, can be saved. A wonderful thing such as this is worth fighting for. This area of the Northend is a gem and should be maintained as such.

The Cynic wrote at 4/3/2008 4:50:58 PM

What's with Clayville? When last we checked the owner was going to repair it, get a State grant, etc., etc. .

Anon wrote at 4/3/2008 6:00:32 PM

Ursuline was built in 1857 . . .

Save Ursuline Academy wrote at 4/3/2008 6:24:44 PM

Springfield has made it perfectly clear that it doesn't care about historic buildings and we have lost some gems. Why would we possibly let another one go? Once it's gone it can never be replaced. Many buildings of today lack the beauty that buildings of Ursuline's day have. I am an SHG grad and I stand with my brothers and sisters of Ursuline. Let's see these perfectly good buildings saved and restored for future generations. It wood be a total waste to tear down and rebuild. Go to Europe and see how many buildings are there that are much older than Ursuline!

This is a Joke right? wrote at 4/3/2008 6:39:48 PM

My house is 80 years old are they going to declare it a Landmark. No just like any other building when it is old and uninhabitable they will tear it down. Put it to rest as we thought it was a year ago. If they are that set on the landmark thing. I have an idea tear down the eye soar and just like when someone passes away. Put up a tombstone on the grounds of where the place used to be.

Ursuline Grad '02 wrote at 4/3/2008 8:39:13 PM

To Chris Guy-Burrell, maybe you wouldn't have had such a bad time if you hadn't dumped paint all over that art project your senior year and gotten expelled. Like you didn't know what was going to happen when you did that. You could have just graduated but you had to tick everyone off. If you spent all of high school acting like that it's no wonder you had such a lousy time.

save ua please wrote at 4/3/2008 9:57:46 PM

I was to be a sophmore at UA this year. I understand the "move on" people, HOWEVER, it was like a sudden death. Unlike Divernon who had a entire year, I had two weeks. To have something I so dearly loved simply yanked away in a blink of an eye was very difficult. I had plans for this year I had less than two weeks notice that my school would not be opened this year. I still mourn for Ursuline and what I once had. Unless you were a part of Ursuline and suffered the loss yourself, I honestly do not think you can fully understand how I, and others, feel. There was a magic within those walls that can not be explained, but will forever live in my heart. God Bless Ursuline.

if possible wrote at 4/3/2008 10:00:09 PM

I would suggest people see if they could tour Ursula hall and the Ursuline chapel. The chapel is just lovely--my grandfathers Memorial service was held there last year. And Ursula hall could easily be restored to a thing of great beauty. I hope SCI at least saves these two structures.

save clayville too wrote at 4/3/2008 10:01:27 PM

I remember the fall festivals at Clayville. They were PACKED and sooo much fun. I pray that someone soon rescues the place. How sad that it is now in the shape it is in.

To 9:57:46 PM wrote at 4/3/2008 11:46:02 PM

get used to it, because life CAN throw you curve balls!!! YOU will move on...I hope.

UA Grad and SC-BU Student wrote at 4/4/2008 8:00:09 AM

I spent 4 wonderful years at UA and would be heart broken if the school were torn down. If people are so concerned about "eye sores" in Springfield, then maybe we should focus our attention on the run down houses and abandoned building around town and leave the historic sites alone! UA being nominated to the Landmark list is a small, but important, step in making sure UA is preserved. Thank you Sarah!

To 9:57:46 PM wrote at 4/3/2008 11:46:02 PM wrote at 4/4/2008 8:37:34 AM

TO: To 9:57:46 PM wrote at 4/3/2008 11:46:02 PM - Yes, life CAN throw curve balls. But the curve ball these 14 - 17 year olds experienced was inexcuseable. No child should have to go through what they did last May. Obviously you have no compassion or empathy. These students have moved on but the do deserve our respect concerning their loss and how they mourn that loss.

for the record wrote at 4/4/2008 10:33:27 AM

I would like to clarify one thing..I HAVE moved on. But I will always miss what I had at UA and I will ALWAYS love it. I'm sure all of you have suffered losses of one kind or another. Sudden losses are painful. I have a full understanding of how quickly life can throw curve balls. But we were hit by "curve balls" that did NOT need to be thrown. One thing ALL UA students learned--trust no one.

Susie wrote at 4/4/2008 11:41:33 AM

Please Susie..you're a liar. How has DSI survived so long without you??? Gee, I WONDER

To Susie Doddeck wrote at 4/4/2008 11:42:23 AM

You have some brown on your nose. I'm sure Bill Carroll will be happy to know you're covering his mess for him.

Mr. Eastside wrote at 4/4/2008 12:56:44 PM

They should save this building. It is not run down. It has history and is a bueatiful building.

To Ursuline Grad '02 wrote at 4/4/2008 4:42:18 PM

In case you haven't noticed, A LOT of people didn't like Ursuline. I wasn't the only one. I know you people like to live in this delusion that only one person hated that place, but you would be wrong. The bottom line is: the school is closed and it's not coming back. And they should do the right thing and tear the building down. End of story.

Save Ursuline Academy wrote at 4/4/2008 8:30:16 PM

They should tear it down for what reason? Just to tear it down? It makes no sense to tear down something that is perfectly good. What a wasteful society we have become!!!!!

to ua grad 02 wrote at 4/4/2008 9:25:07 PM

Wow! So glad you were not there when I was there. Maybe you did not like it because 99.99% of the students and 100% of the staff actually cared about others. How so very very sad that you did not open your heart to experience the family and love of UA. My prayers are with you. You seem so full of anger.

To Ursuline Grad '02 wrote at 4/5/2008 10:30:12 AM

I don't know...I think it's pretty sad to be crying over a school that a lot of people could care less about. As you can see from some of the responses, many folks just want the building to be torn down. It's not being used for anything. SCI is not even using the building. They should tear it down. And by the way, you can keep your prayers. Save them for some of the sick people we had the great displeasure of going to school with.

Sarcasm wrote at 4/7/2008 4:08:06 PM

Let's tear down all old buildings! The Dana-Thomas House and the Old State Capital, they are not really being used now, LEVEL 'EM! Of course I am being sarcastic to prove a point. Oh, To "Ursuline Grad '02," that comment about people here saying to tear it down, if you were to look more closely you would see that more people are FOR keeping UA standing and most of the people in favor of demolishion seem to just be acting obnoxoius to anger people over a very sensetive subject. From the important local families that have sent children there, to the one-of-a-kind architecture and its potential use to SCI, UA should be kept and preserved as a vital part of our local history in Springfield. Landmarks Illinois would not put UA on thier list if they felt it was not deserved.


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