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St. Mary’s Hall

 
 
St. Mary's Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Drabik, July 13, 2007
1. St. Mary's Hall Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1870, St. Mary’s Hall was once the largest building in Dayton. A National Historic Landmark, the building was formerly the main facility of St. Mary’s Institute, now the University of Dayton. Known as Dewberry Farm, the land for the Institute was purchased from John Stewart on March 19, 1850 and the school opened its doors to fourteen students on July 1 of that year. In 1878 St. Mary’s Institute was incorporated and in 1882 was empowered to confer degrees.
 
Erected 1974 by Montgomery County Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 44.333′ N, 84° 10.725′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on College Park Avenue when traveling south. Touch for map. It is on the campus of the University of Dayton. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45469, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erma Bombeck (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patterson Homestead 1804 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Patterson Homestead (approx. 0.4 miles away); Miami Valley Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Col. Robert Patterson
<i>St. Mary's Institute, Dayton, O. </i> image. Click for full size.
By J.B. Meller & Son, circa 1907
2. St. Mary's Institute, Dayton, O.
Visible in this postcard view are (left to right): St. Joseph's Hall (1884), the powerhouse (with smokestack), Liberty Hall (only the roofline is visible, behind the powerhouse, 1866), the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception (1869), Chaminade Hall (1904), and St. Mary's Hall (1870, partially obscured by Chaminade Hall.)
(approx. ¾ mile away); Stewart Street Concrete Arch Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sister Dorothy Stang SNDdeN (1931- 2005) (approx. 1.3 miles away); Locust Grove School (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .  History of UD. “It’s the largest private university in Ohio.” (Submitted on July 13, 2007.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. National Historic Landmark status
Note that while the marker states that the hall is a National Historic Landmark, the structure does not appear on the lists of such sites provided by the National Park Service. It is suspected that the site may, instead, be on the National Register of Historic Places.
    — Submitted October 14, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2007, by Richard Drabik of Dayton, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,172 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 13, 2007, by Richard Drabik of Dayton, Ohio.   2. submitted on November 20, 2014. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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