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St. Scholastica Monastery (St. Scholastica Convent)

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1923–1924, F. W. Redlich; 1928 addition. 1301 S. Albert Pike Ave.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

A group of Benedictine sisters formed St. Scholastica Convent in 1879, occupying a log cabin in Shoal Creek, sixty miles to the east. In 1925 the sisters relocated here, moving into a five-story brick Tudor Revival building designed by Redlich of Oklahoma. In 1928 an addition, situated perpendicular to the original building, included a chapel and auditorium. At its west end is a six-story structure with its central section flanked by seven-story towers, and all of it is richly embellished with Tudor-styled ornament in stone. The chapel is a single space covered by a carved wood beam roof and illuminated by brilliantly colored stained glass windows. Over the years additional buildings were added to the sixty-five-acre wooded site, including an academy. The academy closed in 1968, and the buildings were converted for conferences and other purposes. For several years the nuns’ residence has been used as a retreat center. In 2015 almost ten acres of the monastery’s land were sold for construction of a nursing home.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "St. Scholastica Monastery (St. Scholastica Convent)", [Fort Smith, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 99-99.

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