The iconic multi-domed 1939 Byzantine-revival convent and cloisters have always been the spiritual heart of the Catholic college. Once the sacred preserve of the closed order of Dominican sisters who founded and ran Siena College from 1940, the convent accommodated Siena’s music and drama departments in modern times.
Restoration of the convent and cloisters was the final stage of large-scale upgrade of the school.
Designed by Williams Ross Architects, the restoration project included a new school reception, offices for the principal and the deputy principal, a boardroom, function space, staff amenties and a heritage centre to share the college’s religious and academic history.
The convent would serve as the new front entrance of the college and needed to reflect the rich history and community values of the school.