Established as an orphanage for boys in 1925, this Spanish Colonial Revival-style campus sits on 10-acres of land. The campus includes eight historic buildings, all built between 1925 and the early 1940s. Additional buildings were later constructed to accommodate girls and students from a deaf institute. The minister who oversaw this rapid expansion immigrated from Holland as a seminarian. The orphanage was owned by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and staffed by nuns, priests, and volunteers from the Catholic church. Many of the children were sent to live at the orphanage by court order as wards of the state. Some were there because their parents were unable to raise them for reasons including mental and emotional instability.
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