Monona friary could be sold for development

San Damiano, a Capuchin friary along Monona Drive in Monona, could soon be sold for development, according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

The tax-exempt property encompasses just under 10 acres of lawn, gardens, and mature trees and is located on just over 1,000 feet of Lake Monona frontage. Over the years, the 14-room home on the property has housed fewer and fewer semi-retired Capuchin friars, who have assisted with Catholic services such as masses, funerals, and weddings.

Because there have been so many alterations to the home, which was built in 1888, it has not earned a historical designation, so it could be razed if the property is sold. The price tag would be significant, however, and until the owners, the Norbertines of De Pere, get a solid assessment of the property’s value, its fate will remain unclear.