Notre Dame des Canadiens Roman Catholic Church
5 Salem Square
Notre Dame des Canadiens Church is a handsome Romanesque Revival style structure 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 Worcester’s largest immigrant population, second only to the Irish.
Located within the bounds of the massive CitySquare project, the building is in danger of demolition. Some artwork, historical artifacts, and stained glass windows have been removed for reuse, but many stained-glass windows still remain in the building. CitySquare developers were seeking to waive the city’s demolition delay from the Historical Commission, but have decided to wait out the one year delay. The church was on Preservation Worcester’s Most Endangered Structures List in 2009. Until recently it was believed there was no intention to demolish the building.