St. Elizabeth's Convent

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St. Elizabeth's Convent
Housing unit at the Katharine Drexel Shrine, April 2012
St. Elizabeth's Convent is located in Pennsylvania
St. Elizabeth's Convent
Location 1663 Bristol Pike, Cornwells Heights, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°4′23″N 74°57′26″W / 40.07306°N 74.95722°W / 40.07306; -74.95722Coordinates: 40°4′23″N 74°57′26″W / 40.07306°N 74.95722°W / 40.07306; -74.95722
Area 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built 1892
Architect Burns, Charles; Et al.
Architectural style Spanish-French Mission
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78002352[1]
Added to NRHP March 21, 1978

St. Elizabeth's Convent, formerly known as the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People and now the home to Saint Katharine Drexel Mission Center and National Shrine, is a historic Roman Catholic convent located at 1663 Bristol Pike in Cornwells Heights, Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The complex was built in 1892, and consists of three contributing buildings. They are built of gray stone with smooth brown columns and red tile roofs in the Spanish-French Mission style. The main building is the convent. It has an attached chapel, which features a bell tower and large semicircular window. The other contributing buildings are the utility building and 2 1/2-story laundry building. It served as the national headquarters and motherhouse for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel. Saint Katherine is entombed there in a crypt in the chapel.[2]

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ ""National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania"" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Sr. Mary Ellen Quilty and Sr. Elise Sisson with Charles Cromartie (July 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: St. Elizabeth's Convent" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-29.