Historical Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Worcester

Worcester is a city characterized by religious diversity. Its places of worship make wonderful attractions for tourists. Take this walking tour to visit Notre Dame des Canadiens, Wesley United Methodist Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Saint Matthews Parish and other sacred places in Worcester: you'll learn about the city while soothing your spirit.
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Historical Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Historical Religious Buildings
Guide Location: USA » Worcester (See other walking tours in Worcester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
Author: Stella
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Chestnut Street Congregational Church
  • All Saints Church
  • Pleasant Street Baptist Church
  • Notre Dame Des Canadiens Church
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
  • Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
  • Pilgrim Congregational Church
Wesley United Methodist Church

1) Wesley United Methodist Church

The congregation of Wesley United Methodist Church appeared as a result of the fusion between the Grace and Trinity congregations. The church construction began in 1924 and three years later its doors opened to the faithful. The construction itself serves as an impressive model of late Gothic Revival style. Due to the architectural and acoustical beauty of its sanctuary, Wesley United Methodist Church is one of the most solicited venues for musical performances in downtown Worcester.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chestnut Street Congregational Church

2) Chestnut Street Congregational Church

Located on Chestnut Street, the Union Congregational Church, also Chestnut Street Congregational, was erected in 1895. It serves now as the city's central worship place and is ruled by New England Dream Center, a local non-profit organization. The members of the worship center are permanently involved in different social projects as well as charitable activities. Designed by the notable architects Stephen C. Earle and C. Fisher in a Gothic Revival style, the church architecture echoes Notre Dame de Paris and makes a great tourist attraction.
All Saints Church

3) All Saints Church

Established in downtown Worcester, All Saints Church started its Episcopal activity in 1835. The first building of the church was destroyed in a fire in 1874. The same happened to the second church, a Gothic construction designed by the well-known Worcester architect Stephen C. Earle. Frohman, Robb, and Little architects of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., were the ones who designed the third All Saints Church. Opened in 1935, the church is a nice Gothic Revival construction.
Pleasant Street Baptist Church

4) Pleasant Street Baptist Church

Located on the corner of Pleasant and Ashland Streets, Worcester, Massachusetts, Pleasant Street Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention denomination of churches. It is a community of believers in Jesus Christ. At present the church is run by the pastor Noel Williamson, who has been serving the congregation for 5 years. The beautiful Romanesque church, built in red brick, with its striking terracota color, is a true architectural masterpiece of Worcester and the Pleasant Street neighborhood.
Notre Dame Des Canadiens Church

5) Notre Dame Des Canadiens Church

Four French-speaking parishes in Worcester merged into a single Catholic church, and with this Notre Dame des Canadiens was founded in 1869 ,in the place where Bancroft Hotel stands today. The church was destroyed by fire in 1908. Founded by Father J.P. Primeau, the present parish was built in 1929 in a Gothic Revival manner. Notre Dame des Canadiens serves as a holy place for prayer in downtown Worcester.
Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish

6) Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish

One of the largest Polish-American Catholic parishes in Massachusetts, Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as St. Mary's, is located on Ward Street in Worcester. A Classical construction, the church was finished in 1906 when the first pastor, Father Moneta, held the first Mass under its roof. The present pastor, Father Stachura, is the seventh of the church. They offer daily and weekend Masses in both English and Polish and also operate St. Mary's parish school, built in 1914.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

7) Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Worcester Sacred Heart of Jesus Church has recently merged with the Saint Catherine of Sweden Parish. The church has been serving the local community for more than one hundred twenty-five years. A Catholic family worship place, daily masses are held in the mornings. The church building was designed by Patrick W. Ford, an Irish-American architect who designed many Roman Catholic churches in the eastern part of the United States. The architecture of the church belongs to the Gothic Revival style.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church

8) Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church

Situated near Holy Cross, on Southbridge Street, Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church was founded by English immigrants. The opening service was held in 1871 in the wooden chapel. About twenty years later the worship house was destroyed by a fire. Highlighting Romanesque motifs, the new beautiful church was designed by the prominent local architect Stephen C. Earle in Gothic revival style. Saint Matthew's Episcopal church remains one of Worcester's worship places that keeps its doors open to anyone who wants to join in the community.
Pilgrim Congregational Church

9) Pilgrim Congregational Church

The Sunday School of Pilgrim Congregational Church started in 1883 with eleven children and two teachers. The number grew rapidly and soon the original chapel became too small. The new house of the Pilgrim Congregational Church was erected in 1887 on Main Street in Worcester and was added to the list of National Historic Places a century later. The church building was designed by the well-known local architect Stephen C. Earle in a Romanesque style.The buildings windows and other details are trimmed in sandstone, and a tower with projecting rounded corners rises from one corner. It features an open belfry with round-arch openings and is capped by a steeply pitched roof, with decorative finials at the corners. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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