USD $0.00
  • Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Location: Vancouver, WA

Due to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, tours have been suspended until May 1, 2020. Please check back after that date for further information.

Providence Academy Tours are available Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

At Suite 103 inside the front door of Providence Academy

Docent/Tour office at Providence Academy is closed December 31 and January
1.  Tours will return January 2, 2020.

Other free tours available on the following first Saturdays at 10 am: November 2nd, December 7th (2019); January 4, 2020; Feb. 1, 2020; March 7, 2020 and April 4, 2020.

Check in at Docent Office, Suite 103, just inside the front door of the building (400 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver) Docent phone: 360-433-9787

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 for travel times, cost, and
additional route information. 

Providence Academy was built 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 Montreal nuns, traveled to Vancouver to serve the social and religious needs of locals. She raised money for the construction of the House of Providence and 32 other charitable institutions by leading begging tours of local mining camps.  

Providence Academy has four stories and is constructed in brick in a neo-Georgian style. It operated as a school until 1966.

Click the thumbnail image in the lower bottom far right to see a short video of the history of Providence Academy.

Explore history anytime, anywhere with the free Providence Academy Journey app created in partnership with Washington State University at Vancouver