By 1908 St. Ignatius Academy on Throckmorton Street was overcrowded. So, the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur bought twenty-six acres at the end of the Hemphill Street streetcar line on the south edge of town and built a larger academy for girls.
Ground was broken on March 25, 1909, the cornerstone was laid August 5, and the school—in a grand Gothic revival (red pressed brick with white stone trim) building designed by Sanguinet and Staats—opened September 12, 1910. Clip is from the August 6, 1909 Star-Telegram.
Clip is from the April 29, 1910 Star-Telegram.
The academy, the Star-Telegram wrote on August 7, 1910, is “most pleasantly situated on an eminence in South Fort Worth, and is easy of access to the center of the city by the Hemphill electric car, passing the academy every fifteen minutes.”
Added the Star-Telegram: “The class rooms, music rooms, study hall, dormitories, recreation and dining halls, the long and cheerful corridors are all arranged with a view to health, comfort and convenience and a corresponding vigilance on the part of the sisters for the cultivation of intellect, heart and taste. . . . The academy offers to the graduate who has attained the highest average in all academic branches a $250 scholarship of one year at St. Joseph’s Academy, Lockport, N.Y., where the young lady may at her option follow one or the other of the following courses: Music, art, languages, commercial.”
On June 9, 1911 OLV held its first graduation exercise. Clip is from the June 10 Star-Telegram. Miss Katherine Lehane probably was a member of the pioneer Samuels Avenue family.
From the 1914 city directory.
Today the OLV building houses Victory Arts Center, a residence for the creative community.
Some views of the Academy of Our Lady of Victory: