Picture a building four stories high and miles long – seven wings. Four wings in a square with a central courtyard. Branching off the four wings, three more. A Wing through F Wing.The Facebook Page for "Provincial House Transformation" posts this description:
At that time, one wing was for the seventy plus novices ( we call novices “seminary sisters”. Another wing was for the seventy-plus postulants.In another wing were 60 plus retreat rooms for the sisters who came back for retreats in the summer. In other wings lived the 40 plus semi-retired "Provincial House Sisters" and in another, the 5 sisters who ran the Province.
To get more of an idea of how the uses of this enormous building have changed, I've drawn a few sketches. If you click on each, you will see the whole sketch, and can read the information.
Here it is in 1965:
Here's how it was in 1978, when I entered:
here it is today:
Here's how it will be in another two years:
I live in one small room on the second floor of "E Wing" The noise of drills and hammers and asbestos removal and reconstruction is loud in most of the halls and wings.
This is a needed change, but it's still hard to live through.