Adjacent to Our Lady of Pilar Basilica is a former convent dating from 1732. After the Franciscans were expelled from Argentina in 1821, the property was expropriated. It was repurposed several times, including a school, military barracks and home for seniors and the poor. In 1980, the historic building was transformed into the Recoleta Cultural Centre. The 27 rooms, amphitheater and auditorium of Centro Cultural Recoleta host a variety of events including concerts, stage performances and art exhibits.