Good Samaritan plans to unveil a stone monument in honor of the previous
location of the LaSalle Elementary School on the corner of Seventh and
Barnett streets. The unveiling will take place on June 5 at noon.
The LaSalle Elementary School, named after the French explorer Sieur de
La Salle, was built in 1927 to accommodate students in kindergarten through
sixth grade. However, according to a Vincennes Sun-Commercial article
published in December of 2015, LaSalle was not the first school at that
Seventh and Barnett location. In the 1880s, the Frenchtown School was
built and then in 1916 the name of the school was changed to Froebel School
after the German educator Friedrich Froebel.
Because of low enrollment of students, the Vincennes Community School Corporation
decided to close the school in April 1994. Four years later, Good Samaritan
purchased the property for off-site storage and extra parking for employees.
In 2016, LaSalle Elementary School, along with Good Samaritan’s Memorial,
Gibault and Willis buildings, were demolished as part of the BEACON project.
During the demolition process, the hospital made sure to save architectural
pieces of the buildings, including those found on the LaSalle building.
In honor of the history and memories made at LaSalle Elementary School,
Good Samaritan commissioned to have a stone sign created out of the original
masonry found on the building.
“We wanted to keep as many architectural pieces from the LaSalle
building as we could,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “The
sculpture created with new and old stone pieces looks amazing and will
be a great reminder of the memories shared at LaSalle Elementary School
by the entire community.”
An unveiling of the stonework will take place at 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday,
June 5 at Good Samaritan on the corner of Seventh and Barnett streets.
The community is invited to attend. The hospital asks that those that
plan on attending remember to practice safe social distancing during the