Historic Marian Center in Milwaukee to be demolished and replaced

A 112-year-old former Catholic school in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood later used to house nonprofit groups will be demolished and replaced with a new convent.

Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi will develop the new building on the site of the now-closed Marian Center for Nonprofits, 3195 S. Superior St., the order has announced. The property is on the Milwaukee-St. Francis border.

The Marian Center originally was St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic girls high school which opened in 1904 and closed in 1991.
The new three-story convent will provide apartments for 80 nuns and office space for the order.
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  1. Will the grounds of new convent be a Nuclear Free Zone?

  2. What a colossal waste of money. That gorgeous old building could be modernized and rehabilitated. Can't wait to see the cracker box that will replace it.

    1. Well, I don't know what the numbers are but it seems like that's usually the best option to start with.

  3. I wonder how many novices they have?

  4. My mother is a graduate of StMary's (around 1930 IIRC).

    It was a boarding school then, and on the other side of S. Superior Street there were houses (!!) Until one day they woke up and one of the houses had disappeared into Lake Michigan.

    Easy come, easy go, eh?


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