BNHA Mother Seton House


Authentic Baltimore

Baltimore City Landmark

National Register of Historic Places

Interpretive Framework

Gaining Freedom for All: African American Heritage and the Struggle for Equality

Seeking Prosperity on the Chesapeake: Baltimore History from Colonial Times through the 1800s

Resource Type

Points of Interest

600 N Paca St

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The strength of Old West Baltimore’s community-based fabric springs from the practice of faith. In 1791, at the invitation of Bishop John Carroll — the first American bishop — Sulpician priests came to Baltimore from France to found Saint Mary’s Seminary, the nation’s first Catholic seminary.

The seminary site is closely associated Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American saint. She took her vows in Saint Mary’s Seminary Chapel on March 25, 1809. The chapel is adjacent to the Mother Seton House where she lived while in Baltimore. The two-and-a-half story red brick house is typical of other small homes built in the early 1800s for the predominately French community nearby. After Mother Seton’s departure from Baltimore, the building was used as a work house.

The chapel and Mother Seton House are now part of the campus of the Saint Mary’s Spiritual Center.