J.B. Wright House Renovation Project
St. Mary Kingman is currently working to raise $200,000 to begin renovations on the historic J.B. Wright House and convent.
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Thank you for helping our parish preserve its history and build on our future!
The J.B. Wright House was built in 1912 by civil engineer and contractor J.B. Wright, who lived in this house until his death in 1944. Wright helped to build the historic courthouse, which is next door to the home, in 1914-1915. The home was built in the Neo-Colonial Revival style, featuring a unique portico on the front and local stone in its construction. The J.B. Wright House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the mid-1980’s.
In 1947-48, the church purchased the house to use as a convent for the local Adrian Dominican Sisters, who had previously been housed on the second floor of the old St. Mary school building. Over the years, the J.B. Wright House and the house next door (now referred to as the convent) have each been used as a convent and a rectory at different times, and more recently served as a gift shop and museum.
These old buildings are full of rich history and St. Mary Kingman needs your help to renovate them! With your generous donations, we will be able to bring these properties up to code and use them to facilitate our growing parish. Plans for future use of these buildings include educational programs and social gathering spaces, as well as a gift shop and museum space where we can share and celebrate the story of our historic parish.