St. Joseph College for Women

St. Joseph College for Women

St. Joseph's College for Women was founded in 19161 and was first located on Washington Avenue. It operated as a women's college until 1970, when it became co-educational. The college was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, N.Y., and was the only all-female college in Brooklyn.2

The Sisters of St. Joseph appear to have operated a college in Brentwood, Long Island and a school at St. Angela's Hall on Washington Street in Brooklyn. In 1918, the Sisters of St. Joseph acquired the former George Pratt mansion on Clinton Avenue, and converted the building to a convent.3 In 1928, Gustave Steinback was retained to design a new college hall to be constructed to the south of the Pratt mansion. This three-story structure, constructed of brick with stone trim, was to cost $200,000.4

  • 1. “Regents Favor ‘Zoos’”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, (25 Feb 1916), p. 14.
  • 2. "St. Joseph's College(New York)", Wikipedia (accessed 5 May 2017).
  • 3. “Former Home of G. D. Pratt In Clinton Avenue Sold to St. Joseph’s Sisterhood”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle (13 Jul 1918), p. 16.
  • 4. “Building Plans at Boro Bureau Total $4,500,000”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle (20 May 1928), p. 40.

265 Clinton Avenue
11205 NY
United States


Originally named St. Joseph's College for Women, the college was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, in response to the need for a day college for young women. It is the only historical women's college in the borough of Brooklyn, NY. SJC received its provisional charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on February 24, 1916. After the college outgrew its original Brooklyn facilities at 286 Washington Avenue, it moved to its present site at 245 Clinton Avenue in 1918.[1]The college's first baccalaureate degrees were conferred on fourteen graduates on June 17, 1920, and the first valedictorian was Beverly Stubbenhouser. The College was accredited in 1928 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Regents granted St. Joseph's College an Absolute Charter in 1929. Reverend William T. Dillon, J.D., professor of Philosophy, served as dean of the college and later its President, during the years that followed. St. Joseph's opened a laboratory preschool, the Dillon Child Study Center, in 1934 following several years of research in the field of Child Development. S. Vincent Thérèse Tuohy assumed the presidency in 1956. McEntegart Hall, a multi-functional building housing the library and classrooms, opened in 1965.

"St. Joseph College for Women will erect a three-story building on the site 72x160 on the east side of Clinton ave. 346 feet south of Willoughby ave. to be used as a college hall. The structure, which will be listed as 249 to 265 Clinton ave., will cost $200,000, according to the architect, G. E. Steinback, Manhattan."1

Sisters of St. Joseph purchased the old Geroge D. Pratt residence at 245 Clinton avenue, and would convert it to a convent home. House is directly to the rear of St. Angela’s Hall at 292 Washington avenue, and will be used to house the Sisters who teach in the Hall. Pratt houses was sold at public auction on December 12, 1916 for $69,000.2

  • 1. “Building Plans at Boro Bureau Total $4,500,000”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle (20 May 1928), p. 40.
  • 2. “Former Home of G. D. Pratt In Clinton Avenue Sold to St. Joseph’s Sisterhood”, Brooklyn Daily Eagle (13 Jul 1918), p. 16.

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