Help restore the mansion and its chapel
The Thompkins-Buchanan-Rankin Mansion, purchased by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) in 1918, has been home to Spalding University for 100 years and symbolizes the spiritual center of the university. The Italianate style mansion was originally built by Henry Whitestone as a private residence for the Joseph T. Tompkins, a wealthy dry-goods merchant and importer. Later, it was home to the Buchanan and Rankin families, respectively. In 1920, the SCNs opened the doors to the first five students of the Louisville campus of Nazareth College, now known as Spalding University.
Encapsulated and preserved by a 1941 addition, the mansion and its surrounding complex remain a central location for our campus chapel, classrooms, meeting space, offices as well as gathering space for student readings, theatre presentations and faculty lectures. Ongoing preservation and enhancements of this space ensure that the mansion will remain as vital a part of campus as it was 100 years ago. Through your capital campaign contributions, you’ve updated the Mansion to include HVAC, making it a comfortable space for our students gather year round.
Now, we turn the focus to the restoration of our mansion chapel and original stained glass windows. With a $25,000 matching opportunity through the Ar-Hale Family Foundation, you can preserve our history and double your gift. Make a donation to Spalding University today and designate your gift to the preservation and restoration of the Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin mansion.