The district of St. Anne Parish was named to the National Registry of Historic Places. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
November 20, 2018BERLIN — The district of St. Anne Parish has been named to the National Registry of Historic Places honored by the United States Secretary of Interior, The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources announced last week.
The district is comprised of the church, school, hospital and parish, and played heavy roles in the Berlin community's social history. The district was instrumental in preserving the French-Canadian population and culture. French-Canadian immigrants flocked to the neighborhood during the height of the district.
The buildings of the district vary in size, date, style, materials and are considered very historic.
St. Anne's Church, made of red brick, built from 1900 to 1909 in the Romanesque-revival style, was the first Catholic parish established in the city and is the only remaining, active Catholic church in the city.
Originally, the church was a three-story house made out of wood and was the St. Louis Hospital governed by the Sisters of Charity. It was built in 1905. It became St. Regis Academy in 1910-11 and offered contemporary school construction techniques. The building was modified with an added story and white and raised brick in 1937 and 1955. In 1973, the building was made into a housing unit and was converted into senior housing in the early 80's.
The St. Anne Parish Hall was built in 1961-62 with Mid-century modern details, the press release said.
"As was common practice, the architects and contractors for each building in the district had been used for other projects in Berlin and often for projects for the Catholic Church," the release stated. "Archibald Irving, architect for the church and the hospital's additions, designed Berlin Public Library and the Burgess School, St. Regis architect Howland C. Bates designed both the Marston and Brown Schools and Berlin City Hall, and parish hall architect Leo P. Provost designed Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua and St. Jean Baptiste Church in Manchester. Local builders included Brideau Construction Company, the Gilbert Brothers and the Lemieux Brothers."