Designed by Patrick M. O’Meara and James B. Hills, Villa Duchesne was opened in 1929 by Mother Mary Reid of the Society of the Sacred Heart, in the architectural style that could be described as “Norman Revival” but what I will label Romanesque Revival.
It is heavily influenced by the restoration of the Medieval fortress of Carcassonne in southern France.
It possesses two bisymmetrical wings that branch off from the central portal flanked by the two massive cylindrical towers.
The chapel, which I believe was part of the original plan and faces Spoede Road, was completed in the 1950s.
The campus still sits in a beautiful grove of oak trees, in what had been the Lang and the Jaccard Estate, of the famous jewelry company in St. Louis.