Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project



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Institution Name: Our Lady of Holy Cross College
Original/Historic Place Name: Campus
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1960original construction; convent Unknown
1967conversion to college from convent Nolan, Ulysses
Type of Place: Building group
Style(s) of majority of buildings: Other: Southern Colonial plantation
Style(s) of minority of buildings: not applicable
Building group type: Irregular; Other: one building used by students and faculty surrounded by a park environment.
Relationship to landscape:
none specified
Ideas associated with building group:
none specified
ca. 1960other (convent)
ca. 2004-present (2007)master plan (campus)

Significance: culture, education, landscape, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Marianites of Holy Cross, a Catholic congregation of women, founded Our Lady of Holy Cross College in 1916. To prepare teachers for the many schools the Marianites opened in southwest Louisiana, the Louisiana State Board of Education granted the Marianites the right to open a normal school that functioned as Holy Cross Normal. In 1938, the Louisiana State Department of Education approved a program that would lead to the conferring of the Bachelor of Arts degree. The name of the school was then changed to The College Department of the Academy of Holy Angels. In the spring of 1960, the College was moved to its present site, and the name was changed to Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

I. Bibliographic sources:

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