Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy

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Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy (1889)
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy is located in West Virginia
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy is located in the United States
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
LocationWashington Ave., Wheeling, West Virginia
Coordinates40°4′10″N 80°41′38″W / 40.06944°N 80.69389°W / 40.06944; -80.69389Coordinates: 40°4′10″N 80°41′38″W / 40.06944°N 80.69389°W / 40.06944; -80.69389
ArchitectBarthberger, Charles F.; Whelan, Bishop Vincent
Architectural styleEclectic Victorian
NRHP reference No.78002808 [1]
Added to NRHPNovember 27, 1978
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
Washington Avenue

TypePrivate, All-Female (5-12)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic

Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy was a private Catholic all-girls school in the city of Wheeling in the U.S. state of West Virginia.


It was founded in 1848 as the Wheeling Female Academy in downtown Wheeling and in 1865 moved to its final location and assumed its permanent name. While grades five through twelve were all female, Mount de Chantal's Montessori and Elementary schools were co-ed. They were members of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference.

The school building was built in 1864-1865. The original structure was composed of three major parts connected by two recessed wings. The building was constructed of brick, on a limestone foundation, with a slate covered gable roof. A two-storied brick porch, added about 1910, extended the entire width. The Fine Arts addition was built in 1906, the "laundry building" in 1908, and living quarters for the Sisters in 1972.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1] The school ceased operations on May 31, 2008 with the nuns being transferred to Georgetown Visitation in Washington D.C.[3] Wheeling Hospital announced they were purchasing the building on April 13, 2010.[4] No plans were announced and several historic societies were looking into preservation efforts but nothing was ever solidified. Demolition plans were announced and finalized in November 2011. Several items left behind by the nuns were auctioned off and razing efforts commenced on November 7, 2011.[5] No plans have been announced for the site, although the grounds are currently being used as practice fields for the local Catholic High Schools.

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  • "Mount de Chantal Centenary 1848 - 1948" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 17, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  • Wereschagin, Mike (September 17, 2012). "Civil War-era school in West Virginia is left to only memory". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Sr. Mary Helen O'Brien and Mrs. Robert Miller (March 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  3. ^ W.Va. losing 160-year-old Catholic girls’ school
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Demolition Begins At Mount de Chantal". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011.