Convent of the Good Shepherd

House of the Good Shepherd, Northwest Corner of Gravois and Bamberger, Photograph by Richard Henry Fuhrmann, Missouri History Museum, P0764-00196-5g

Several weeks ago, I wrote about Bamberger’s Grove at my regular St. Louis Magazine weekly column. As I also wrote, Adolphus Busch later bought the Grove and donated it to nuns, who opened the House of the Good Shepherd, who opened a school for girls.

House of the Good Shepherd, Photograph by Richard Henry Fuhrmann, Missouri History Museum, P0764-00402-4g

Here are a couple of extra maps that didn’t make it into the article, including the Sanborn map, which shows the chapel in the center of the complex, where the different parts of the House came together in the quadripartite chapel.

Also, below we see the plat map, showing how the 1970 redevelopment into the shopping center chopped into the blocks to the west, presumably destroying some residential buildings. Gustine Avenue still curves around the parking lot, held up with a retaining wall filled with rubble from the old convent.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. ME says:

    Intresting, I never would have guessed these bldgs were there! As a kid, I remember that plaza as a run-down outdoor mini mall with a Kmart that faced other smaller stores facing away from the parking lot.

  2. Paula Albrecht says:

    Do you know who it was sold to when they moved to Florissant? In a newspapers.com article it said they were leaving behind a lot of furniture and statues.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      It was sold to a developer who turned it into a shopping center. You can read more about its history in my article here:
      https://www.stlmag.com/history/bamberger-avenue-grove-picnic-ground/
      I assume that sculpture and other works of art from the convent are out there somewhere.

  3. Kathy says:

    I use to ride my bike to the convent to pickup a brown box tied with string which contained the hosts for Holy Family Church for communion.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Ah, interesting–did they produce hosts for a large number of parishes in the City?

  4. John Schroeder says:

    The attached story mentions some of the statuary destined for missions in Mexico.

    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/26673702/convent-of-good-shepherd-closes-in-st/

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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