THE FUTURE OF THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS

The Martin County Convent Board of Directors is currently in the process of signing a contract with general contractor and adobe specialist Pat Taylor for the restoration work for the Historic Carmelite Monastery. Until our phases are set in stone, here are our goals:

1) The period of significance for restoration is 1886 when the Carmelite friars occupied the building.


2) The importance of preserving this site is the connection in the founding of the community of Stanton, Martin County and West Texas history.


3) Establish archives and interpretive center concentrating on the monastery operated by the Carmelite friars and the Mercy Sisters' academy and convent.


4) Create a native plant garden and learning center. Promote outdoor exhibits (not limited to) on xeriscape, migration of wildlife, Master Gardener center, mediation site, endangered species habitat.

5) Reconstruct the east adobe building to current building standards using historic photographs and ex-student personal accounts. The building will contain classrooms, exhibit, community meeting space, retreats and office space with a kitchen and bathrooms.