St. Joseph's Orphanage (Fall River, Massachusetts)

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St. Joseph's Orphanage
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St. Joseph's Orphanage (Fall River, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
St. Joseph's Orphanage (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Location Fall River, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°41′30″N 71°8′0″W / 41.69167°N 71.13333°W / 41.69167; -71.13333Coordinates: 41°41′30″N 71°8′0″W / 41.69167°N 71.13333°W / 41.69167; -71.13333
Built 1892, 1917
Architect Destremps,Louis G.
Architectural style Second Empire
Governing body Private
MPS Fall River MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP February 16, 1983

St. Joseph's Orphanage is an historic former orphanage and school located at 56 St. Joseph Street in Fall River, Massachusetts.

The orphanage was built in 1892 as part of the parish of Notre Dame de Lourdes, a large French-Canadian congregation located in the city's Flint Village neighborhood.[2] Two large wings were added about 1917. The building later housed an elementary school, known as Mount Saint Joseph. Between 1982 and 1986, the school's chapel was used as a temporary place of worship by Notre Dame after its magnificent 1895 church was destroyed by a massive fire on May 11, 1982.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

In 1989, the building was converted into residential apartments, with a large addition to the north side. A statue of Saint Joseph was removed from the alcove atop the front of the building and placed on the nearby grounds of Notre Dame Church.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish booklet 125 years, 1999