Notre Dame High School


One time while visiting Jefferson Barracks, I headed north and discovered this wonderful convent and its neighboring school. The site occupies a dramatic site above the Mississippi River, and dominates the small neighborhood around it.

Notre Dame High School is absolutely gigantic, even before the 1950’s wing was added. What is interesting is that the building faces the river, away from the nearby streets.

Here is a little history of the high school, from the official website.

There is a modernist addition, which is for the most part the school portion of the complex, I think.

It is an interesting structure that fits in well with its red brick neighbor to the south, complete with a bridge over the front drive.

This fascinating mosaic decorates the lintel of the school; I have no idea why the ancient Roman abbreviation SPQR is over the door.

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