Euphrasie House

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Euphrasie House
Alternative names Institute des Notre Dame des Missions
General information
Status marked for demolition
Architectural style Spanish Mission (Romanesque influenced)
Address Clyde Street
Town or city Hamilton
Country New Zealand
Completed 1889 (original building)
1939 (current building)
Design and construction
Architect Jack Chitty

Euphrasie House is a pre-war Spanish Mission style convent in Hamilton East, New Zealand.

History[edit]

The convent opened in 1899, after four nuns in 1884 had arrived in Hamilton to provide the settlers' children with Christian education. It was the first the three-storeyed building in Hamilton. By 1938 however, the original building was declared unsafe and was replaced by the current building which was built in 1939 and officially opened by then Bishop of Auckland, James Michael Liston.[1] The building was a hostel for students of Sacred Heart Girls' College, until closing in 2011. In 2012, a community group protested against a plan to demolish the building and replace it with a modern diocesan centre. Reports claimed that it would be too expensive to earthquake-proof the structure.[2] The building that has housed thousands of school girls for several decades was marked for demolition in 2013.[3] Euphrasie House was ranked as a "category B" building by the Hamilton City Council. In 2017 it was demolished.[4]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 37°47′27″S 175°17′40″E / 37.790831°S 175.294485°E / -37.790831; 175.294485