Visitation Convent Complex

Also known as: School Sisters of Notre Dame Convent
13105 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, Wisconsin

A campus of buildings of several architectural styles, including the convent, infirmary, school, orphanage and cemetery.


Visitation Convent, Notre Dame Hall and Marianum/Maria Hall

Photo taken by J.R. Manning



"The Visitation Convent Complex of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) is located on a 30-acre parcel along the south side of Watertown Plank Road in the Village of Elm Grove, Waukesha County. Foliage (both trees and bushes) covers a significant amount of the acreage. the primary driveway to the complex is off Stephen Place and leads to the main parking lot on the grounds. A secondary driveway is located off of Watertown Plank road and leads to two smaller parking areas. A pair of connected, four-story, high-style buildings dominates the Watertown Plank road side of the parcel, while the reminder of the property's buildings are largely obscured from view by heavy foliage. The property is comprised of a total of twelve buildings, two structures, two objects, and one site of which seven buildings, two objects, on structure, and one site are considered to be contributing elements to the significance of the property. Although the majority of the buildings were largely constructed as free-standing, individual buildings, they are all now largely interconnected via hyphen-like hallways and passageways. A pair of underground tunnels, not included in the count, which originate from Notre Dame Hall, are located along the east side of the property. Also located on the property (and included in the site map), [sic] but not included in the resource count, are a peace pole, metal fencing, modern planter, and convent signage."

Quoted from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form prepared by Traci E. Schnell, Senior Architectural Historian, Heritage Research, Ltd. dated December, 2010. The document is not yet digitized into the NRHP database.

Update Log 

  • March 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and photos
  • July 12, 2011: Added by J.R. Manning


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