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St Joseph Center was designed by renowned architect, Charles Thompson and completed in 1910. This beautiful 56,000 sq ft. building sits on 63 acres of land that has been farmed for more than a century.

It is on the National Register of Historic Places. St. Joseph's is also a designated Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture Century Farm (established in 1907).

Over the years, St. Joseph's served as an orphanage, school, nursing home, day care, and retreat center run by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica. In 2008, the Diocese of Little Rock announced that St. Joseph's was closing and that the property would be sold. This news prompted the creation of St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to save and revitalize the property. In 2010, SJCA signed a 50-year lease and assumed all fiscal and management responsibilities for the property.


Currently, the building is being utilized for classrooms, meeting rooms, retreats, receptions, and other social events. Art studio, gallery, and office spaces are available for rent. The grounds at St. Joseph's support multiple gardens, pastures, farming operations, and provides a wonderful venue for outdoor activities. 

SJCA is committed to serving the local community as it has done for over 100 years. There are many opportunities for involvement. Restoration and preservation of this historic building is a priority along with a number of growing projects, including gardening, landscaping, and farming opportunities. 

Your support will allow St. Joseph Center of Arkansas to achieve it's mission of restoring the Center to serve the community. 
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