A Columbian reader asks: “What’s with the creepy, abandoned building in the Providence Academy parking lot?”
This is a very timely question, for a couple of reasons.
First of all, we’re coming up on Halloween, so this is the perfect time to talk about creepy, abandoned buildings. Secondly, the fate of this particular building is actually the subject of an active discussion, one which is expected to conclude in the next six months.
Before we go any further, we should clarify that we’re actually talking about three buildings, or rather, two buildings and one smokestack. The trio of brick structures sits in the northeastern portion of the Providence Academy parking lot. They’re all physically connected to each other, so it seems safe to assume this question refers to the three of them collectively.
Whether they’re “creepy” is a matter of personal aesthetic preferences, but they are most definitely abandoned. All the doors and windows have been covered with plywood, and their exterior walls are overgrown with ivy. The smaller of the two buildings is also missing half of its roof.
The Columbian reached out to members of The Historic Trust to learn more about the history of the three structures. The Vancouver nonprofit owns the Academy, along with its campus and the ancillary buildings.