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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy

 
 
Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
1. Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy Marker
Inscription. Seven nuns of the Ursuline order from New Orleans arrived in Galveston on January 19, 1847, sent at the request of Bishop Jean Marie Odin. By February 1847 the nuns established a convent and academy in the two-story former home of Judge James W. Love. The school opened with 25 students. Later some pupils boarded at the school. A hurricane struck Galveston in 1853, followed by a yellow fever epidemic. The nuns opened the academy to orphaned children.

The frame structure was destroyed by fire in 1854, and the nuns obtained funding by subscription to build a brick structure in 1855. That facility also became a place of refuge after several outbreaks of yellow fever. During the Civil War, the nuns nursed soldiers from both sides of the conflict there.

A new Ursuline Academy was designed by noted Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton in the 1890s. The massive Gothic structure provided shelter during many storms until 1961, when hurricane Carla damaged the school beyond repair. In 1964 a new Ursuline Academy was dedicated; It later became a junior high school campus. The old Ursuline Convent was razed in 1974.
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 17.693′ N, 94° 47.576′ 
Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, December 15, 2013
2. Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy Marker
The marker is at the very corner of 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue) and Ursuline Street (Avenue N).
W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue) and Ursuline Street (Avenue N), on the right when traveling south on 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ursuline Convent in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack Johnson (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Galveston Garten Verein (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sweeney-Royston House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hutchings House (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Hutchings House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Galveston Children's Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Dealey (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Categories. EducationWar, US Civil
 
The Ursuline Convent - North Side image. Click for full size.
By Allen Stross, 1967
3. The Ursuline Convent - North Side
Photo courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 597 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2. submitted on December 16, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   3. submitted on May 11, 2013. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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