Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Academy Lofts, Tucson
An intense, eighteen-month rehabilitation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, an old convent, which was built in 1886, resulted in the preservation of one of the largest surviving buildings in Tucson from the Territorial period. 120 years after its construction, the new Academy Lofts opened in June of 2006, proving how an abandoned convent and school could be converted into twenty-five, fully modern loft units. Steve Fenton, the project supervisor and managing partner was relentless in his demands that the exterior be restored to it’s originally façade which had been covered with stucco.