Monday, December 9, 2013

From Retiring Guy's Postcard Collection: St. Andre's Church and Rectory, Biddeford, Maine

The last mass.  (Portland Press-Herald, 1/1/2011)

A victim of church consolidation.  The pews were filled for the last Mass at St. Andre, a massive brick church on Bacon Street built 100 years ago to serve the city's burgeoning French-Canadian population. It's striking neoclassical interior, with rounded arches, domed ceilings and heavenly murals, was decked for the holidays with a manger scene, poinsettias, evergreen garlands and white lights. 

Old church could be youth hub. (Sun-Chronicle, 7/25/2013)

Site includes rectory, convent, and 3-bay garage. The century-old St. Andre Catholic Church, on the corner of Sullivan and Bacon streets in downtown Biddeford, has sat empty for almost three years. Now, there’s a plan afoot to purchase the church, and the other buildings on the property, and convert them into spaces for local nonprofit youth service organizations.

Biddeford is located 15 miles southeast of Portland on I-95.

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