Story: Communes and communities

Convent of the Sacred Heart chapel plan (1st of 3)

This is John Swan's 1929 plan for a new chapel at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Island Bay, Wellington. The three-storey, French Gothic-style chapel opened in 1930. The Society of the Sacred Heart was founded in Paris, France, in 1800 to educate girls and young women. The Wellington convent was established in 1905, and a girls' secondary school opened in 1906. Later renamed Erskine College after Mother Erskine Stuart, a superior general of the order, it closed in 1985. When the school buildings were demolished and replaced by a housing development in the 2010s, the Category I chapel was saved and earthquake-strengthened.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Plans-89-0188
Plans by John Sidney Swan

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Caren Wilton, 'Communes and communities - Religious and spiritual communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 October 2021)

Story by Caren Wilton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018