Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

St. Mary's Hall - Doane Academy

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $15,225 (2005)
Grant Recipient: Trustees of Burlington College
County: Burlington
Municipality: Burlington

St Mary's Doane Academy has roots dating to 1829 when Samuel Gummere built a school for girls on the site. In 1837 the Right Reverend George Washington Doane purchased the school and established St. Mary's Hall. The school is significant for is association with the higher education of women during the 19th century and is architecturally significant for its Gothic Revival architecture. A partial collapse of a foundation wall has focused efforts to preserve the campus buildings.

The 2005 Trust grant helped fund the preparation of a preservation plan to address needs of the three historic buildings, outline the necessary priorities, and make recommendations for the buildings' preservation. A feasibility study addressed the potential use of the main dinning hall for public functions.

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