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 is still in place. The church was included on Preservation Worcester’s Most Endangered Structures List in 2009 and 2016 and on the 2016 Preservation Massachusetts Most Endangered Resources List . Since the City’s one-year demolition delay expired in April, the owner may legally demolish the property. The pending sale of the church to a new buyer, would allow demolition and construction of an apartment building on its site. The “Re-imagine Notre Dame” group is working tirelessly to find a new owner-developer to re-purpose the building.