On the northwest corner of Northeast César Chávez Boulevard and Glisan Street, guarded by the gleaming image of St. Joan of Arc, All Saints Catholic Church, a Laurelhurst Neighborhood fixture since 1914, has been pondering how best to re-purpose what was once the residence of Sisters of the Holy Names who taught at All Saints School. The decision has come down on the side of a new building.
The envy of other private schools, All Saints has almost 500 students and is looking for better ways to serve its students and teachers. Faced with an aging 1936 building, a five-level residence with 16 bedrooms with a foundation not up to 21st-century earthquake codes and asbestos involvement, parish leaders began planning on how to demolish the structure and what kind of building should replace the convent.
The objective: create an environment that allows more efficient and effective space use. Preliminary plans call for the new building to be two stories with a music and art lab and office space on the ground floor and a library ringed by parish offices on the upper level.
All Saints is currently working through the conditional use permit phase and planned on meeting with the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association to discuss the plans. It’s anticipated that the new building will cost over a million dollars, and a church development committee will work toward meeting that financial goal.