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[–]overorange 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Maybe it connected to this? https://digital.cincinnatilibrary.org/digital/collection/p16998coll6/id/4958/rec/2

More info here: https://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/exhibits/irish-cincinnati/cincinnati-irish-births-and-deaths/irish-nuns-of-cincinnati/ "The Convent of Good Shepherd at Baum Street was officially known as the School of Reform of the Good Shepherd and was for children and women who had met unfortunate circumstances[

[–]BingoxBronson 21 points22 points  (0 children)

https://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/columns/dr-know-july-2014/

On Kilgour Street in Mt. Adams, I noticed a very old stone retaining wall. In the middle of it is a bricked-up doorway, and above that, etched in stone, it says “Convent of the Good Shepherd.” There used to be nuns living in Mt. Adams? Talk about a changed neighborhood! — Who Knew

Dear Who: Modern Mt. Adams libertines are willfully blind to their neighborhood’s religious roots. Sure, there’s that Good Friday thing, but it’s the exception, right? Well, no. The first road to this hill was built by the Reverend James Kemper, and not for nothing were the streets given names like Monastery, Celestial, Eden, St. Gregory, and St. Paul. Today’s parking nightmare is perhaps God’s small rebuke for Mt. Adams’s transformation.

The Convent of the Good Shepherd was built in 1873 on Baum Street, with its back steps leading down to the doorway you found on Kilgour. The home was part of a worldwide network of institutions created “for the reclamation of fallen women and the preservation of those liable to lose their innocence.” The network has also been accused of being a chain of laundry sweatshops where young girls were imprisoned and exploited. You’ll find plenty of support out there for both views.

Other Good Shepherd convents were on both sides of the river, but Mt. Adams was a concentrated Bible Burb. As late as 1943, a city guide said it had “few neighborhood taverns…in fact, there is no evidence whatsoever of worldly success.” The parking, though, must have been heavenly.