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Ebenezer LutheranThe recently built Swedish Lutheran Church dominates the corner of Oak and Summit streets in this 1896 photograph. Swedish immigrants had organized "Den Svenska evangeliska Lutherska Ebenezerkyrkan av Willimantic" on November 17, 1889. The church was built in 1893/94, and partially rebuilt after a 1916 fire.
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St. Mary Church - Cornerstone Laying CeremonyAugust 23, 1903. Several thousand people braved the intense heat of the day. Mass was celebrated and two sermons were preached (in French and English). After Mass, the cornerstone and foundation were blessed. Later that afternoon, Benediction was held. The banner above the platform reads (in French), "Lord, how beautiful is your dwelling place".
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1888Here's a great picture of Church St. during the blizzard of 1888. Picture courtesy of the Windham Historical Society.
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Northeast corner of Church and Valley StreetsWe are grateful to the copyright owner, "The Chronicle", for permission to use the above images and story from the May, 1992 anniversary edition of "The Chronicle". Further reproduction without permission is prohibited.
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Church Street near Valley Street - 1873We are grateful to the copyright owner, "The Chronicle", for permission to use the above images and story from the May, 1992 anniversary edition of "The Chronicle". Further reproduction without permission is prohibited.
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Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic ChurchSt. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church was built in 1876 on Jackson Street, financed by the borough's first and second generation of Irish-Americans. Up until the Civil War, Catholic church services had to be held in secret. A Belgium missionary, Father Florimond de Bruycker was also a central figure in the building's construction.
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Methodist ChurchThe Willimantic Methodist Church gave its name to to Church Street. It was built in 1848, and demolished in 1974.
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Congregational ChurchThe Willimantic's First Congregational Church was built in 1869/70, thanks to the generous donation of land and funds from the borough's wealthiest Congregationalists. It lost its fine spire in the 1938 hurricane.
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Baptist ChurchThe Willimantic Baptist Church was built in 1844, and designed by the renowned Mansfield architect, Edmund Fitch.
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St. Mary's ChurchPhoto courtesy of Steve Marrotte
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Willimantic's Finest Willimantic's Finest are pictured here in this 1892 photograph, posing outside the old police station on the west side of Church street. The building in the rear was built by the Natchaug Silk Company in 1889, and fronted onto North Street. The police station was removed to the town hall in 1894, but this structure continued to be used as a lock up when the cells at the town hall were full.
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Purinton Temple - The Pythian Sisters Auxiliary of the Knights of PythiasOrganizers of the 1910 July 4th celebration wanted the daylong celebration to surpass “anything of the kind ever before put on in Windham County”. The day began with the ringing of church bells at 4:30 A.M. and the “firing of a salute”.
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St. Joseph's Catholic Church1938 Hurricane Photos. St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Willimantic. Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.
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1890 Main Street, WillimanticThis picture of Main Street, Willimantic was taken in 1890 and shows the towering Loomer Opera House in the center of the picture, and the old Brainerd Hotel on the corner of Church Street. Built in 1850, this was Willimantic's first hotel, built to take advantage of the increased visitation to the town provided by the arrival of the New London Northern Railroad in 1849. It was demolished in 1892 and replaced by the Murray Block.
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High and ValleyPaul Ashton identified this as, "the intersection of Valley and High with the steeple of the First Congregational church in the background (the one that blew down in the 1938 hurricane). It must have been shot from the Normal School building." To the left of the Congregational Church's steeple, one can make out one of St. Mary's steeples (they were modified in about 1958) and, to the left of that, very faintly, St. Joseph's pre-hurricane steeple.
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St. Joseph’s Church Several stunned onlookers cannot believe the damage caused by the September 1938 hurricane. St. Joseph’s Church was built in 1874 for the city’s growing Irish population. It took 50 years for the destroyed church steeple to be replaced
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