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House of Providence (Vancouver, Washington)

Coordinates: 45°37′47″N 122°40′1″W / 45.62972°N 122.66694°W / 45.62972; -122.66694
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House of Providence
House of Providence (Vancouver, Washington) is located in Vancouver Washington
House of Providence (Vancouver, Washington)
Location400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, Washington, United States
Coordinates45°37′47″N 122°40′1″W / 45.62972°N 122.66694°W / 45.62972; -122.66694
Area7 acres (2.8 ha)
ArchitectMother Joseph Pariseau
Architectural styleNeo-Georgian
NRHP reference No.78002738[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 1, 1978

The House of Providence, also known as The Academy (or Academy building),[2][3] is a former orphanage and school located in Vancouver, Washington. It was built c. 1873 by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart.


Mother Joseph Pariseau raised money for the construction of the House of Providence and other charitable institutions by leading begging tours through local mining camps. The building, constructed in 1873 and designed by Pariseau, has three stories and was constructed in brick in a neo-Georgian style. The house functioned as a school until 1969.[4]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Baker, Dean (March 28, 2013). "Fort Vancouver National Trust working to buy and preserve Academy building". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Shanmac, Nicholas (December 16, 2014). "Fort Vancouver National Trust announces purchase of historic Academy site". Vancouver Business Journal. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "House of Providence". Clark County Community Planning. Clark County, WA. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.