Convent Immaculate Conception Historic District

-1887 first structure completed;

-1924, Chapel completed

801 E 10th Street Ferdinand, IN 47532

Architect/Designer: Viktor Klutho


The earliest section of the monastery is referred to as the Academy, built in 1887 it is a two story Romanesque revival structure with arched windows and two courtyards. In 1915 a major expansion was undertaken, completed in 1924. The Chapel mimics the Academy’s Romanesque style with varying roof heights, arched windows, towers and turrets. The striking dome rises 87 feet above the sanctuary and can be seen from miles away. Tranquil walkways wind throughout the monastery along with a grotto, various statues and areas of retreat for prayer and meditation.

Significance Statement – including special status and awards won:

The Monastery has been a part of Southern Indiana’s history for over a hundred years, an icon of the strong Catholic heritage within the region. The Monastery of Immaculate Conception draws people from all over the country to appreciate its serene beauty, aiding in Ferdinand’s tourism industry and economy.

Designation status:

National Register of Historic Places, 1983

Style: Romanesque Revival

Owner (past/present): Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, Inc.

Materials: Brick

Additions and/or changes with date: Various interior and exterior restorations

Historic use/current use: Catholic monastery

Is building open to the public?: Yes, tours available

Condition: Excellent

Website and/or sources of information


Visitors information:

Research Sources:

Indiana Landmarks. “Monastery Immaculate Conception.” Accessed August 14, 2015.

National Register of Historic Places, Convent Immaculate Conception Historic District, Ferdinand, Dubois, Indiana, 19830713. 1983.


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