Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and The Sisters of Providence in Terre Haute are now included on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Register includes sites worthy of preservation and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods’ entire campus, which is shared with the Sisters of Providence, made the list on Tuesday.
President of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Dottie King says she’s glad the organization is recognizing the campus’ historical significance, which is based on two criteria: its association with events and people who have made contributions to U.S. history and the campus’ characteristics, including the artistic values of architecture.
King says each building on campus features architectural elements from the era in which it was built, which makes the campus special.
“I think the most significant is that it’s an open welcome to the world to come and visit our campus and enjoy what we enjoy daily,” King says. “Some of our buildings are like a step into Europe.”
One of the auditoriums at the college was designed after a famous German building that was destroyed after World War 2.
“Ours is a replica that is in good shape,” says King. “People can see things here that they wouldn’t see everywhere, especially in Terre Haute Indiana. But we also think about what we do, not just people seeing it but what we do.”
King believes that the education and religious aspect of their mission also contributes to the school’s national significance.
Moving forward, the college will be able to apply for competitive grants to aid in maintaining its buildings. Walking tours are available to the public so anyone can see the buildings that landed St. Mary’s a place on the National Register.