Vankleek Hill convent demolished; semi-detached units to be built on the site

Vankleek Hill and Eastern Ontario lost one of its historic landmarks last Thursday when the former Soeurs de Sainte Marie convent on Higginson Street was demolished to make way for semi-detached units, which will be built on the site. The upper portion of the front tower and other elements, such as windows and doors, had already been removed from the building before the demolition process began. The building had served as a school, where students boarded at one time and were taught by the Soeurs de Sainte-Marie and later, housed only a small group of sisters and served as a retreat. The building was sold several years ago, a single condo was created on the second floor after a zoning was changed and plans to create a spa at the location were unsuccessful. The property was re-zoned a second time in preparation for condo development on the entire property, but those plans, too, were ultimately abandoned. photos Louise Sproule

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Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule

Publisher at The Review
Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!
Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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