Most students see the convent every day, but many have no idea what it is or that it is owned by Padua. (Stella W. '19)
Most students see the convent every day, but many have no idea what it is or that it is owned by Padua.

Stella W. '19

Secret Spaces

Padua is home to more than most students ever see.

March 10, 2019

It was a few years into my time as a student that I realized the building across the street is owned by the school. That building, the convent, contains over a century of history. Today it is crumbling from the inside and falling into disrepair.

I remember as a freshman hearing about the secret fifth floor swimming pool, the one we weren’t allowed to see. It is not a swimming pool, obviously, but a fully functioning observatory that most students will never set foot in.

Some classes are taught in the annex, but the majority of the student body has little reason to enter the building.

A historic building itself, Padua’s campus has secret spaces that I took it upon myself to discover.

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