St. Joseph's Church Complex - Cumberland RI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 41° 56.053 W 071° 25.653
19T E 298742 N 4645322
Quick Description: St. Joseph's Parish, established in 1872 in an earlier church constructed on the present site, was, at that time, the only Roman Catholic church between Valley Falls and Woonsocket.
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2020 11:37:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM12G5T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
St. Joseph's Parish, established in 1872 in an earlier church constructed on the present site, was, at that time, the only Roman Catholic church between Valley Falls and Woonsocket. It served an extensive parish centered on the Irish, and later French Canadian and Italian, mill labourers of nearby Ashton and Berkeley, as an important religious and social center. By 1888, the parish's growth necessitated construction of a new church, which replaced the original, although the rectory and parish hall were retained. According to the State Survey put out by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission in 1998, the present church is one of the finest wooden Late Victorian religious edifices in Rhode Island. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and underwent an extensive and sensitive restoration in 1995.

The handsome, asymmetrical, twin-spired Gothic Revival St. Joseph's Church was designed around 1888-1890 by architect F.E. Page.

Source: (visit link)
Street address:
1303--1317 Mendon Rd
Cumberland ,


County / Borough / Parish: Providence

Year listed: 1982

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874

Historic function: Church Related Residence, Church School, Religious Structure

Current function: Church Related Residence, Religious Structure

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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