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Fort Vancouver National Trust takes over Providence Academy building

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Vancouver's historic Academy building could soon get a face-lift, thanks to its new owner, the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

The trust announced Tuesday that it's taking over ownership of the building from the Hidden family, who has owned it since 1969.

Mother Joseph and the Sisters of Providence opened the Academy as a school and orphanage in 1873.

The building currently houses offices for a number of small businesses.

Mike True, president of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, said the aging building is in need of some major repairs.

"The immediate need for this building [is to] start out with a roof replacement," True said. "It needs a full roof on it, [it] will likely need some sheeting for additional stability and structure, and the next element of it is all the exterior portions. It's the Pacific Northwest, [there is] a lot of exposed wood, and that wood needs to be restored."

The Trust said about $2 million is needed to make repairs and renovations to the aging building. It is asking for $1 million in funds from the Washington State Legislature.

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