PROVIDENCE ACADEMY TOUR
- Duration: 60 Minutes
- Location: Vancouver, WA
Providence Academy Tours are available Wednesday - Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
At Suite 103 inside the front door of Providence Academy
Note to Providence employees: Please contact Ana Olazabal-Forma’i, Senior Program Manager, Mission-North Division to schedule your group’s tour. Email: ana.olazabal-foma’firstname.lastname@example.org. Cell: 206-307-2916.
Providence Academy is wheelchair accessible, participants in wheelchairs must be able to move unassisted or with the help of a personal attendant. Tour involves climbing stairs. People with limited mobility may use a small elevator by request.
Parking: Marked visitor and handicapped spaces on the property; metered street parking. Public transportation: C-TRAN bus routes #32 and #25 serve
Providence Academy. Please see c-tran.com for travel times, cost, and additional route information.
Providence Academy was designed by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1873 and served as a school, orphanage, and governance offices for the Sisters of Providence.
Mother Joseph, along with four other Sisters of Providence, traveled to Vancouver from Montreal in 1856 to serve humanitarian, educational, and spiritual needs in the region. The three-story Georgian Revival Academy is one of 30 charitable institutions designed by Mother Joseph, and is one of only two remaining. The building was offered for sale by the Sisters in 1966, at which time it was serving as a school. Local preservationist Robert Hidden purchased it in 1969 and adaptively re-used it for offices, retail businesses, and event spaces. The Historic Trust purchased the building in 2015 with the intent of preserving the building and sharing its history with the public.