St. Dominic Aquinas Hall Adaptive Reuse

  • Exterior shot of St. Dominic School representing the work of architect Pascal Architects in New Orleans, LA
  • Interior photo of St. Dominic School, representing the work of architecture firm Pascal Architects in New Orleans, LA
  • Exterior shot of St. Dominic Aquinas Hall after renovations by interior architecture firm Pascal Architects in New Orleans, LA
  • Classroom of St. Dominic Aquinas school after renovations by interior designer Pascal Architects in New Orleans, LA


Founded in 1924, the St. Dominic School originally served grades one through four in the burgeoning Lakeview neighborhood. Today, the school serves more than 600 students in a multi-building complex offering Pre-K through college preparatory education. To meet the growing demands of the school, P. Mark Culotta of Pascal Architects served as the Architect and Interior Architect or Record for the adaptive reuse of the school’s original convent building into a multi-purpose education space and restored chapel.

The scope of the project included the creation of convertible, full-size classrooms and seminar series rooms within the existing structure, as well as the transformation of the convent into individual classrooms for middle school students. The chapel was fully restored, and classrooms were designed with flexibility in mind in order to be easily subdivided for small groups. Ground level was converted into multi purpose public spaces.

Project details

  • Categories: General architecture
    Interior architecture
  • Team: P. Mark Culotta
  • Date: August 1993
  • Budget: $825,000
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