Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?


St. Michael’s Convent and Orphan Asylum, South Side Slopes

St. Michael’s Convent and Orphan Asylum

The line between painted and unpainted on this long building is an artifact of its history. For most of its life this building was divided in two parts: the painted part was the convent, and the unpainted part the orphan asylum. More recently it has been a Franciscan retreat center known as the Burning Bush House of Prayer, whose somewhat archaic site tells us that the building was put up “in three stages, from 1887 to 1889.”

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