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Spalding Hall is a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bardstown, Kentucky. It was built in conjunction with the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral.

Spalding Hall, St. Joseph's College
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Spalding Hall
LocationN. 5th St., Bardstown, Kentucky
Coordinates37°48′40.84″N 85°28′16.12″W / 37.8113444°N 85.4711444°W / 37.8113444; -85.4711444Coordinates: 37°48′40.84″N 85°28′16.12″W / 37.8113444°N 85.4711444°W / 37.8113444; -85.4711444
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference #73000823[1]
Added to NRHPMay 7, 1973

The hall was originally built in 1826 and named for Bishop Martin John Spalding.[citation needed]

It was the main building of St. Joseph's College, a Catholic college in the 19th century, which was the first Catholic college in Kentucky. The current building was built in 1839 to replace the previous building, which had been destroyed in a fire. The college was closed during the American Civil War and the building briefly served as a hospital for Union soldiers.[2]

It served as St. Joseph's Preparatory School from about 1911 until 1968.[2]

The building houses the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Sarah B. Smith (January 1, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Spalding Hall, St. Joseph's College". National Park Service. Retrieved February 26, 2018. With photo from 1972.