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Old Ursuline Convent -Oldest Building in the Mississippi Valley
25 May 2007 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Old Ursuline Convent -Oldest Building in the Mississippi Valley

Chartres Street in the Vieux Carre'

Built in the mid 1700's this Convent housed the Ursuline nuns who came to New Orleans in 1727 to open a school and work in the military hospital.
The first recorded woman pharmacist, Sister St. Francis Hebert, an Ursuline nun from France, grew herbs in this convent garden to use in medicines for the hospital.
In the late 1960's this building was in serious disrepair. A group of Ursuline alumnae began giving tours of the building which still had the original rooms of the cloistered nuns. We also wrote a cookbook with the Ursuline recipes. After raising enough money to put a new roof on the building and other needed repairs, the Archbishop of New Orleans took it away from us.
It currently is showing a gallery of mosaics from the Vatican and the response has been overwhelming.
Though the Archdiocese now owns it, it will always be known as The Old Ursuline Convent on Chartres Street.


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Johnny 26-May-2012 11:27
Attended St. Mary's Italian school in the 1950's
I spent a lot of time in this building and this picture brought back a lot of good memories.
Elaine (etfitz)26-May-2007 21:45
Beautiful image!
petesie26-May-2007 20:07
What a stately building. The story is wonderful and I would love to see the mosiac collection.
sandy barbour26-May-2007 19:24
What a lovely building, the architecture is just wonderful.
Zak26-May-2007 18:28
looks grand!
Robin Reid26-May-2007 17:18
Quite inerestng. Thanks for the story and the picture.
akleja26-May-2007 17:15
Great shot!
Al Chesworth26-May-2007 17:01
The Archbishop sounds like a nice man, cashing in when the work was done.
Susanne26-May-2007 16:39
Very nice structure. I love the bit of garden there. Great symmetry.