The original classroom building facing Hilliard Boulevard was completed in 1957 and dedicated by the late Archbishop Edward F. Hoban. Population increases in the western suburbs of Cleveland during the 1960s and 1970s were reflected in the enrollment at Magnificat, thus creating a need for additional space.
In 1969, construction began on the spacious Resource Center, a library and educational research area, Large Group Instruction room (LGI) for multidisciplinary experiences and Multipurpose Room (MPR).
In the mid-1980s, classrooms and offices were added, along with an additional gym at the east end of the building and outdoor athletic fields. In 1993, a third building renovation and construction project was completed with the opening of the new West Wing in what had formerly been the Convent, the living quarters of the H.M. Sisters. The first floor was transformed into an innovative art center and gallery. The Math Department was relocated to the second floor of the former convent. Spaces in the main building vacated by those departments were converted to additional science and computer labs and a completely renovated Business Technology Center.
In 2004, the Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts opened, providing state-of-the-art facilities for theater, music and dance. Major renovation of the original structure brought a whole new look from classroom windows to lighting. A newly expanded Chapel became the spiritual center of the school community.
In 2012, the Resource Center was completely transformed into the Humility of Mary Center along with the entrance way and lobby in Phase I of SURROUND LEARNING™ Innovative Education for Global Leading. Today, the area, equipped with WiFi, accommodates a range of electronic devices and promotes ideal environments for 20 learning modalities ranging from independent study to collaborative technologies. WiFi access and online connections to other libraries enable distance learning with museums, NASA, COSI, Taiwan and Ecuador.
In 2013, Phase II of SURROUND LEARNING™ continues the theme of learning anytime, anywhere in a seamless environment with the transformation of the Cafeteria/Kitchen and the incorporation of electronically ready study areas.
In 2017, Magnificat began Phase I, II, and III of the renovation of the athletic spaces around the building. Magnificat is now home to Coyne Tennis Courts and Karnatz Family Field. Magnificat is the only all-girl Catholic school in northeast Ohio to have a synthetic turf field on its campus.
The school’s HVAC system was replaced in the summer of 2019, marking the first time in school history that the entire building was air-conditioned. The new, energy efficient system replaced the old boilers and was an essential first step toward reimagining Magnificat’s science spaces.
During the summer of 2020, Magnificat’s second floor was transformed to create The Sisters of the Humility of Mary Center for Science Exploration & Innovation. With flexible learning spaces that allow for interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, the new science spaces were completed in time for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.Click here for information on Magnificat's Asbestos Management Plan.