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“Alter Boy”

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Woonsocket
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Owner description: Landmark which was once the center of the Sentintellist movement with frescoes modeled after the Sistine Chapel.
Reviewed April 25, 2010

Born in 1952, my husband grew up and was an alter boy in St. Ann's Church (84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket); he also attended St. Ann's Catholic School through 9th grade. This beautiful, historical cathedral is near and dear to our hearts. In 2008, we visited our family in Woonsocket, and to our dismay, the St. Ann's Cathedral was blocked off due to bricks falling from the exterior church walls high above.

Preserving the frescoes (watercolor murals which took over 8 years to hand paint by Italian hunchback Guido Nincheri [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido_Nincheri]) has been paramount to a handful of volunteers; however, to date, the funds are far too few. It will be a shame to lose this part of history!!!

The Woonsocket Call (local newspaper) had an article that told how funds were not available to restore the beautiful, historical church! I thought that was a shame! I would recommend visiting St. Ann's if its doors are opened again!!!

9  Thank 45Elvira
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

The world should know about St. Ann's Church in Woonsocket (actually, now it's the St. Ann's Art & Cultural Center). It's located at 64 Cumberland Street, in the heart of the city's Social district. Chocked full of history of the Franco-American influx into Woonsocket's textile mills in the 19th & 20th centuries. But mostly, everyone should see it for the hundreds of frescos that fill the walls, the ceilings-- every inch of available space, it seems, This must be one of the largest collections of top qulaity fresco anywhere in the United States. The stained glass windows (from Chartres) are magnificent, too. You could spend hours here just gazing at these artistic wonders. Yet, the place is largely unknown (even to Rhode Islanders) which is a tragedy and a crime! If you are ever within a few miles of northern Rhode Island, find out how you can get in to see these treasures.

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