Bishop Edward Fenwick Place

On January 13, 1822, the Dominican priest Fr. Edward Dominic Fenwick (1768-1832) was consecrated as the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Cincinnati. In 1831, he founded the seminary of the Athenaeum of Ohio-Mount St. Mary's of the West, the oldest Catholic seminary west of the Appalachian Mountains. It was a men's college in downtown Cincinnati, adjacent to St. Xavier Church, which Fenwick dedicated to the patronage of Francis Xavier. In 1840, Fenwick's successor, John Baptist Purcell, asked the Society of Jesus to take control of the school, and the Jesuits changed the name to St. Xavier College. In 1930, it became Xavier University.

The campus' newest and second largest building, Fenwick Place, is named for the Bishop; it offers residence to 535 students in four connected buildings and a dining commons seating 700.  

Quick Facts

Opened: August, 2011

Named After: Cincinnati's first bishop, Bishop Edward Dominic Fenwick, O.P.

Square Footage: 245,000

Home to:

Musketeer Mezzanine

Center for Mission and Identity

Fr. James E. Hoff Dining Hall

Currito Burrito

Additional Notes:

  • Xavier University Mission Statement is painted in Fenwick Place adjacent to the Center for Mission and Identity. See here.
  • 600,000 bricks were used in the facade
  • The Hoff Dining Hall, named for a former Xavier president, is decorated with jumbo-sized campus photographs in the theme of the "Gifts of Our Ignatian Heritage" (mission, reflection, discernment, solidarity and kinship, and service rooted in justice and love) and portions of the Seal of the Society of Jesus are etched in glass divider panels.