The building was the Institute of Secondary Education in the mid-nineteenth century and much of the twentieth century. During the time that it was a high school, important reforms were made that affected the interior layout and facades.
The general composition of the building traces almost strictly the school of pure, framed by classic eclectic elements of origin.
The central courtyard of the current School of Arts, which belonged to the former convent of Santo Domingo, dating from 18th century, and is currently an exceptional exhibitions and cultural activities centre for the framework of almeriense life.
The third floor, designed by architect Guillermo Langle Rubio, is a re-growth that is recessed inside not to interfere with the image of the cloister.