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Property Name St. Hyacinth School and Convent
Reference Number 13000439
State Maine
County Cumberland
Town Westbrook
Street Address 2 Walker Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/25/2013
Areas of Significance EDUCATION, ARCHITECTURE, ETHNIC HERITAGE
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000439.pdf
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The 1894 St. Hyacinth School and Convent and 1922 Convent located at 2 Walker Street in Westbrook, Maine, are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion A, Ethnic Heritage for their cultural role in the French Town neighborhood of Westbrook. They are also eligible under Criterion A in the area of Education for their role in meeting the educational needs of the growing immigrant community of French Canadians and Franco-Americans in Westbrook. The 1894 St. Hyacinth School and Convent is eligible under Criterion C, Architecture, at the local level of significance as a noteworthy example of a purpose-built combined educational and residential facility. The period of significance starts in 1894 when the school and convent opened and ends in 1963, the fifty-year cut-off set by the National Register program. Within that span, significant dates include the construction of the school and convent building in 1894, and the construction of the convent building in 1922. Both buildings and their settings have had minimal alterations and retain integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association. The buildings also meet Criteria Consideration A for religious properties. Although originally associated with an adjacent parish church and rectory, these properties derive primary significance for the role the school and convent played in meeting the educational and cultural needs of a growing immigrant community of French Canadians and Franco-Americans in Westbrook and for the 1894 School and Convent building as an example of institutional architecture designed and constructed specifically to support the educational needs of the children of the St. Hyacinth Parish.

 

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