Marion Female Seminary

Coordinates: 32°38′5″N 87°19′16″W / 32.63472°N 87.32111°W / 32.63472; -87.32111
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Marion Female Seminary
Marion Female Seminary.jpg
The Marion Female Seminary in 2009
Marion Female Seminary is located in Alabama
Marion Female Seminary
Marion Female Seminary is located in the United States
Marion Female Seminary
Location202 Monroe St. Marion, Alabama
Coordinates32°38′5″N 87°19′16″W / 32.63472°N 87.32111°W / 32.63472; -87.32111
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference No.73000372[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 4, 1973[1]

The Marion Female Seminary, also known as the Old Perry County High School, is a historic Greek Revival-style school building utilizing the Doric order in Marion, Alabama.[1][2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 4, 1973.[1]


The Marion Female Seminary was established in 1836, with this building completed in 1850.[1][2][3] The building contained the studio of artist Nicola Marschall when he taught at the school. He taught painting, music, French, and German while employed here.[4] He is credited with designing the first Confederate flag.[3] He also designed the gray Confederate military uniform,[3] influenced by the mid-1800s uniforms of the Austrian and French Armies.

Built to serve as a female seminary from the time of construction, it was subsequently owned by the city of Marion from 1918 to 1930, at which time it was transferred to state ownership for use as a Perry County public school.[2] Originally a three-story building, it was remodeled in 1930 with the removal of the uppermost floor from the building.[2]

It currently houses the Perry County Historical Society and the Perry County High School Alumni Association.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "Marion Female Seminary, Monroe & Centreville Streets, Marion, Perry County, AL". Historic American Buildings Survey, Engineering Record, Landscapes Survey. Library of Congress. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Perry County". The Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities Foundation. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Nicola Marschall and the Walker Family at Cedar Grove Plantation: A Mid-Nineteenth Century Painter in West Alabama" (PDF). Alabama Department of Archives and History. State of Alabama. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 25, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2013.