Greenville Hall was built in the early 1880s as the administration building for the St. Mary's Dominican Academy (a boarding school for girls), the predecessor to St. Mary's Dominican College, which in 1910 became the first Catholic college established for women in Louisiana. The property on which Greenville Hall and the surrounding buildings stand are now part of the Loyola University campus. The university purchased the property in 1984 to provide a new home for the law school. Greenville Hall, which is the oldest building on the property, was designed in the Italianate style which includes elements such as Venetian dormers, a cupola, and the overhanging roof. Greenville Hall is therefore significant for its architecture and association with the education of girls and women in New Orleans, a tradition that started with the Ursuline nuns in the 1700s.
Backstory and Context
*Note: This document was either written for or taken from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, which has not been digitized as of 2017.
"Loyola History." Loyola University New Orleans. Accessed January 24, 2017. http://www.loyno.edu/jump/about/loyola-at-a-glance/loyola-history.php.