Monastery Immaculate Conception

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Convent Immaculate Conception Historic District
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Monastery of Immaculate Conception, June 2008
Monastery Immaculate Conception is located in Indiana
Monastery Immaculate Conception
Monastery Immaculate Conception is located in the US
Monastery Immaculate Conception
Location 802 E. 10th St., Ferdinand, Indiana
Coordinates 38°13′23″N 86°51′08″W / 38.22306°N 86.85222°W / 38.22306; -86.85222Coordinates: 38°13′23″N 86°51′08″W / 38.22306°N 86.85222°W / 38.22306; -86.85222
Area 190 acres (77 ha)
Built 1883 (1883)-1887, 1915
Architect Klutho, Victor
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP reference # 83000122[1]
Added to NRHP July 13, 1983

The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception is a monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana. It is home to one of the largest communities of Benedictine women in the United States.[2] It is located approximately fifteen minutes from St. Meinrad Archabbey.


The convent, locally known as "the Castle on the Hill", was founded in 1867 by nuns from the St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, Kentucky.[3] The monastery operated a normal school early in its history, and placed on emphasis on teaching, with nuns traveling throughout the United States and the world in order to teach. Although the abbey faced declining numbers in the late 20th century, this trend has since reversed.[4][5][6] The Sisters taught at the school they founded, first known as Academy Immaculate Conception and then as Marian Heights Academy. The school closed in the year 2000.


In 1983, the Monastery and other outbuildings and structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Convent Immaculate Conception Historic District.[1] The complex includes the main building constructed in 1883-1887. A major expansion to the complex began in 1915 and includes the Romanesque Revival style convent chapel.[7]:3



  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Dubois County Visitors Center & Tourism Commission: Monastery Immaculate Conception
  3. ^ Community profile
  4. ^ "History". Monastery Immaculate Conception. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  5. ^ Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums 1310366098 Paul R. Wonning Monastery Immaculate Conception Founded in 1867, the “Castle on the Hill” the .
  6. ^ Dudine, Mary Frederica, O.S.B. The Castle on the Hill: Centennial History of the Convent of Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, Indiana, 1867-1967. Milwaukee, WI: Bruce Publishing Co., 1967.
  7. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2015-10-01. Note: This includes Sr. Mary Dominic and Douglas L. Stern (May 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Convent Immaculate Conception Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-01. and Accompanying photographs and map.

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