Eyes are sometimes called the windows of the soul, but what are the “eyes” of a soulful building?

They’re windows, of course.

When a door closes, people say you are supposed to open a window. What if the window is old and in need of repair?

What if you have 116 old windows?

That’s the situation at Assisi Heights, the Med City’s sprawling landmark at 1001 14th St. NW.

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The motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Francis, which is modeled after the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, is getting a major upgrade with the installation of 116 new windows on the first floor of its main building.

An alteration building permit for the project was filed by Kraus Anderson Construction this week. The estimated cost of the project is $116,000, which makes for the easy calculation of $1,000 per window.

The 66-year-old Assisi Heights complex sits on 55 acres.

The Assisi Heights Spirituality Center in Rochester on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020.  (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)
The Assisi Heights Spirituality Center in Rochester on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)