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Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy (1889)
Location Washington Ave., Wheeling, West Virginia
Built 1865
Architect Barthberger, Charles F.; Whelan, Bishop Vincent
Architectural style Eclectic Victorian
NRHP reference No. 78002808
Added to NRHP November 27, 1978
Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy
Washington Avenue
Wheeling, West Virginia
Type Private, All-Female (5-12)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1848
Closed 2008
Grades PK-12

Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy was a private Catholic all-girls school in the city of Wheeling in the U.S. state of West Virginia.


It was founded in 1848 as the Wheeling Female Academy in downtown Wheeling and in 1865 moved to its final location and assumed its permanent name. While grades five through twelve were all female, Mount de Chantal's Montessori and Elementary schools were co-ed. They were members of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference.

The school building was built in 1864-1865. The original structure was composed of three major parts connected by two recessed wings. The building was constructed of brick, on a limestone foundation, with a slate covered gable roof. A two-storied brick porch, added about 1910, extended the entire width. The Fine Arts addition was built in 1906, the "laundry building" in 1908, and living quarters for the Sisters in 1972.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The school ceased operations on May 31, 2008 with the nuns being transferred to Georgetown Visitation in Washington D.C. Wheeling Hospital announced they were purchasing the building on April 13, 2010. No plans were announced and several historic societies were looking into preservation efforts but nothing was ever solidified. Demolition plans were announced and finalized in November 2011. Several items left behind by the nuns were auctioned off and razing efforts commenced on November 7, 2011. No plans have been announced for the site, although the grounds are currently being used as practice fields for the local Catholic High Schools.

Notable Alumnae

  • Carrie Watson Fleming, First lady of West Virginia, 1890–1893
  • Edna Hall Scott Kump, First lady of West Virginia, 1933–1937
  • Judith Herndon, West Virginia state senator
  • Heidi Lindert
  • Mary Carroll Jordan (Brown)
  • Virginia B. Evans, artist
  • Oriska Worden, singer and vaudeville performer
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