Notre Dame des Canadiens Roman Catholic Church
5 Salem Square
The handsome Neo-Romanesque style Notre Dame des Canadiens Church was built in 1929. The first French Canadian Roman Catholic parish established in Worcester, Notre Dame was the mother parish to three later French Canadian parishes in the city. Historically, French Canadians represented one of Worcester’s largest immigrant populations, second only to the Irish.
Historical artifacts and figurative stained glass windows were removed, but much original stained-glass remained in place. The church was included on Preservation Worcester’s Most Endangered Structures List in 2009, 2017 and 2017 and on the 2016 Preservation Massachusetts Most Endangered Resources List. Attempts to save the church by the “Re-imagine Notre Dame” group and later by the Save Notre Dame Alliance were rebuffed by the property owners. Demolition of the building commenced in July.