Notre Dame to become part of CitySquare?

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The T&G reports this morning that Frederick H. Eppinger, head of lead CitySquare investor Hanover, wants to incorporate adjacent Notre Dame des Canadiens Catholic Church, which was closed by the diocese 2 years ago.

Mr. Eppinger said there are no plans to demolish the church structure, which was built in 1929. He said it will no longer serve as a church.

“It’s a pretty massive building,” he said. “There are a lot of possibilities. You have to be thoughtful as to how you use it. It has to go with the overall outlook of the projects. Right now there are a lot of moving pieces with that. We would want to remove the stained glass. It hasn’t been heated, so there could be some other issues.”

This is great news, but what will they use it for?

(Image: Notre Dame des Canadiens Church, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (2.0) image from EdKopp4’s photostream)

8 thoughts on “Notre Dame to become part of CitySquare?

  1. One thought I’ve had about the Notre Dame church in the whole scheme of the City Square/downtown renewal is to: a) take it down (the Diocese has too many churches that they can’t afford anyway), and b) replace with a “spiritual centerpiece”–whether this is a white marble table (a al an altar or Navajo “hogan”, we turn that spot into a sacred spot suitable for ceremonies, marriages, peace marches, a garden centerpiece that could be a welcome spot for folks taking a break from work, lunch, dinner, hanging arond the Common/Worc Public library and catching up on your email…in short, a beautiful, peaceful, retreat/garden…

  2. It’s an incredible gothic structure . . . How about encouraging Higgins Armory to relocate there . . . I know it would take a lot of money, but they could take down the steel structure they have, and rebuild it right next to the Cathedral, then integrate the two structures. It could turn the armory into the world class museum its collection deserves . . .

    I know . . . I know . . . I’m thinking like a Bostonian or a New Yorker . . .

    1. Also, Tim, the Higgins Armory is the oldest glass and steel building of that style in the US (built in 1931). It, too, is historic, so a bit of a catch there.

    2. Steel structures of that vintage are riveted, not bolted.
      Dismantling the building without destroying it would be an incredibly difficult undertaking.

  3. The Higgins armory museum is a great idea,they could have two locations depending on the size of their collection,most museums store part of their collection.Great opertunity to aquire new material for their collection.Also,part of the building if even a small kiosk,could be an information center for vistors to Worcester.As far as the original museum,shuttle could link both.

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