St. Elizabeth's Convent

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St. Elizabeth's Convent
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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 is a historic Roman Catholic convent located at 1663 Bristol Pike in Cornwells Heights, Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It's 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. The complex was built in 1892, and consists of three contributing buildings. They are built in the Spanish-French Mission style . The main building is the convent which has an attached chapel and bell tower. 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 Katharine is entombed in a crypt in the chapel.[2]

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

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  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.