Developers Plan to Level Historic Church and Build Luxury Condos In Its Place

Notre Dame des Canadiens church was erected in 1929 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

July 26, 2017 9:08 am
Luxury Developers Look to Level Historic Notre Dame Church to Build Condos
The main cathedral interior, looking toward the altar, at the Notre Dame des Canadiens Church in Worcester, MA is pictured on May 10, 2017. Demolition has been approved and could begin any time on the downtown Worcester landmark. Still, in a battle that seems long lost, preservationists continue to clamor for a reprieve. (Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Separation of church and state? More like a separation of church and the ground it sits on.

According to, luxury developers in the town of Worcester, Massachusetts, have their sights set on a prime piece of real estate on which to build their next high-end condos. The only problem? The beautiful, old Notre Dame des Canadiens church, erected in 1929, stands in its way.

Another developer had previously been given the right to demolish the church, but it had been put on hold for a year. That stay of execution expired back in April, but not after the developer sold the church.

One nonprofit group, Preservation Worcester, has been attempting to save the church. Per, while listed on the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System, it is not on the state or national registry of historic places.

The Notre Dame des Canadiens church historically served Worcester’s French Canadian community, an immigrant population outnumbered only by the city’s Irish one.

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