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The Academy was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1871 by Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence. Dedicated as the House of Providence in 1873, it opened in Vancouver as a girls boarding school in 1874. It served this function until the school's closing in 1966. The Hidden Family purchased the Academy in 1969 from the Sister's of Providence. It held a special place in their own history as Lowell Hidden was the brickmaker who supplied the bricks for the buidling. Vacant and vandalized since the closing of the school, they began to restore it and bring it back to life, using as much original materials and design as was available.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Still owned by the Hidden Family, today it is home to over sixty small businesses. The Chapel is used for weddings and receptions are held in the Blanchet Ballroom, once used as the School's auditorium.