The Recovery of St. James: The Journey to Wholeness for the Broken and Addicted
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In the City of Butte, Montana, a rough and economically depressed area, the first hospital of the region now sits in ruin. The Old St. James Hospital will be taken from its current damaged state and transformed into a space that may house and heal a community. The renovation of the building will contribute to a program of recovery, in the same way the patient is transformed. The addict, a modern leper, abandoned by society, will inhabit peeling fragments and broken edifices within the St. James. Memories embodied in the old along with the new renovation will wrap the addict in a reassembly, a recognition of the broken and the whole. Following many historic precedents that express humans desire for wholeness, the journey through the facility will allow each resident to reflect on previous self, heal the current self, and strive for a better future self.