1924 - Franco-American Heritage Center - Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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N 42° 00.444 W 071° 30.716
19T E 291984 N 4653650
Quick Description: The Franco-American Heritage Center, home to the American French Genealogical Society, shares the former First Universalist Church building with the Veterans Memorial Museum in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The building's cornerstone is dated 1924.
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 5/16/2022 5:50:00 AM
Waymark Code: WM1666A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:
The Franco-American Heritage Center, home to American French Genealogical Society (AFGS), shares the former First Universalist Church building with the Veterans Memorial Museum in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The building's dated stone at the corner of Earle and Snow Streets is engraved "1924".

"Built in 1924 and enlarged in 1957, it is a good example of 20th-century Gothic Revival architecture. The congregation for which it was built was established in the 1820s, in part through the efforts of Hosea Ballou, an influential early Universalist minister who also had business interests in Woonsocket." (Wikipedia) It is covered in light-colored brick with an ornate double-door entryway on Earle Street.

With its origins dating from 1977, the AFGS moved into the First Universalist Church in November 1989, renting 3,000 square feet of the building's lower level. The church membership fell, the congregation disbanded, and the AFGS purchased the property for $100,000 in November 2007. That allowed the organization's expansion to 19,000 square feet over three floors. The Veterans Memorial Museum, situated in a 2,300 square foot auditorium-style space at the top floor of the building, has been a tenant since November 2015. An extensive list of repairs and renovations has been undertaken by the current owners since 2007.

Year of construction: 1924

Cross-listed waymark: Not listed

Full inscription: Not listed

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