Divinity House finds new calling as an indigenous gathering space

By Gordon Lambie

After five years of sitting derelict, much to the dismay of its former residents, the destiny of Bishop’s University’s Divinity House took a dramatic turn away from demolition on Friday with the news that the building is to be repurposed as an indigenous gathering space. With the help of a $5.9 million investment from the government of Quebec and a commitment to raise $1 million in private donations, the school will be able to revive the building, rather than tear it down. The announcement made by Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge on Friday comes after years of discussion about the fate of one of Bishop’s oldest buildings. Built in 1892, the building served in a variety of roles, from residence to classroom and office space, until 2014 when the building was closed due to serious structural decay. See full story in the Monday, Oct. 7 edition of The Record.

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