Demolition of Spellman Hall Makes Way for South Campus Development
A wrecking ball started chipping away at Spellman Hall on Feb. 11, 2011. Spellman is one of three Catholic University buildings slated for demolition in the coming weeks. The South Campus area is scheduled for redevelopment as a gateway to the University that will include residential units, retail space, art studios, and a community arts center. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Spellman Hall, built in 1971, was the first of three buildings to feel the wrecking ball, as demolition gets under way to prepare for the redevelopment of South Campus.
The building had been gutted, and interior demolition work had already begun before the wrecking ball struck.
The CUA Class of 2013 is highlighted in a mural on an exterior wall of Spellman Hall.
Spellman Hall awaits demolition.
An image of hope adorns a wall of Spellman Hall, a reminder of student life that once animated the building.
Awaiting the first strike.
A wrecking ball pounds away at a piece of CUA history to make way for its future.
Through gaping holes like empty eyes, Spellman Hall observes it demise.
University officials watch as the wrecking ball chips away at the building.
The steady pounding of a wrecking ball exposes rooms that used to house CUA students.
Alumnus Marc DeOcampo, campus planner, captures the demolition on camera along with other spectators from the Office of Alumni Relations, from left, Sarah Richards Burton, Kyra Lyons, Kenneth Lorence, and Marion Gosney.
The unrelenting force of the wrecking ball brings a wall down.
Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations Carl Petchik talks with President John Garvey and Vice President for Finance and Administration Cathy Wood about the demolition project.
Bricks and debris fall as the wrecking ball strikes.
From left, Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations Carl Petchik, Vice President for University Relations Frank Persico, Vice President for Finance and Administration Cathy Wood, President John Garvey, and Provost James Brennan in front of Spellman, as demolition begins.
A demolition crane wields a wrecking ball against the sunny side of Spellman Hall.
Bricks, mortar, concrete and steel give way to the force of the wrecking ball.
Pounding away at top-floor rooms, the demolition works its way across the face of Spellman Hall.
Debris falls as the wrecking ball strikes Spellman Hall.
Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations Carl Petchik explains the demolition process to President John Garvey and Vice President for Finance and Administration Cathy Wood.