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French-Canadian church in Worcester slated for demolition

  • Notre Dame des Canadiens Church in Worcester.


Associated Press
Sunday, November 12, 2017

WORCESTER — An historic central Massachusetts church is slated for demolition after unsuccessful attempts to secure a new buyer for the property.

CitySquare II, which is overseeing the redevelopment of part of downtown Worcester, says it plans to raze the Notre Dame des Canadiens church before mid-April 2018. Apartments are planned for the 22-acre site.

The twin-spired Romanesque Revival church dates to 1929. The Vatican deconsecrated the church in 2010 after its once-sizeable French-Canadian congregation shrank and sold the property to CitySquare II.

CitySquare II said it had hoped to find a new occupant for the deteriorating complex. Spokeswoman Pamela Jonah tells the Telegram & Gazette : “Our intentions were always to save the church.”

Preservation Worcester, a nonprofit organization, has been among several groups advocating for a way to save the structure.

Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com