Building Enhancements

Welcome Home to Dominican Academy!  

Once the residence of renowned art collector, Colonel Michael Friedsam, our historic mansion on the Upper East Side remains a home away from home for our Dominican Academy family.

We welcome you to witness the renewal of our school building, completed in Summer 2018. This project builds upon the tradition of excellence, elegance, and intimacy that characterizes the D.A. experience, while laying a strong foundation for our future.

In partnership with CWB Architects and Structure Tone Contracting, Dominican Academy has gained 33% more usable space (from 9,000 to 12,000 square feet) to re-envision our footprint and accommodate our growing curriculum and extracurricular offerings. Highlights include:

  • Enhanced classrooms on all floors, including the Barbara Robotti Murray ‘64 Science Center and the Natalie Frankowski ‘14 Dry Lab and Collaborative Classroom

  • Two additional classrooms to house our expanded curriculum, including 5 new elective courses for 2018-2019: History of the City of New York, History of Art in the United States, Accelerated Latin, Latin Poetry, and A.P. Spanish

  • New Performing Arts Studio to strengthen our tradition of Dance, Drama, and Music

  • Dedicated Chapel to serve as a sacred space for prayer, reflection, and twice-weekly Mass

  • Enlarged student cafeteria, accommodating over 75 students, to serve home-cooked meals prepared with fresh ingredients on-site daily

  • State-of-the-art security system, Public Address system, and central-air conditioning system 

  • Improved and integrated technology throughout the building to support computer programming coursework for all students, advanced coding electives, and our chapter of the national organization, Girls Who Code

All Tradition through Transformation project plans were developed with and reviewed by our Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff to uphold the vibrant, welcoming, and special spirit and sisterhood of Dominican Academy. Now, more than ever, our young women are empowered to learn and to lead here at our home, and beyond.

Welcome Home to 44 East 68th Street.

For more information about ways to give, please contact Br. Jim Simon or Katie Hennessy in the Office of Advancement, 212-744-0195, ext. 146 or 152.