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St. Mary's Church
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Location 41 Western Ave., Augusta, Maine
Area less than one acre
Built 1926 (1926)
Built by Louis Milo Co.
Architect O'Connell & Shaw
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP reference No. 87000943
Added to NRHP June 12, 1987

St. Mary's Church is a Roman Catholic church at 41 Western Avenue in Augusta, Maine. Built in 1926, it is one of the city's finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Description and history

St. Mary's Church stands on the north side of Western Avenue, southwest of Augusta's downtown and north of the state capitol complex. It is a single-story masonry structure, built out of ashlar granite. The long nave is oriented perpendicular to the street, with a steeply pitched gable roof. Set back from the front are side projections, a single-story entrance vestibule on the left, and the main tower on the right. The main entrance is at the center of the nave end, in an ornately decorated projecting Gothic-arch opening, with buttresses and pinnacles at the corners. The main tower is equally ornate, rising first to a gabled roof with a tall steeple above that. The interior has seen only minimal alteration since the building's construction.

The church was built in 1926-27 in order to handle growth in the city's Roman Catholic population. It was built as the third sanctuary for a parish established in 1830. It was designed by the Boston architectural firm of O'Connell & Shaw; Timothy G. O'Connell had by then a well-established reputation, with numerous commissions for Roman Catholic church and school edifices in Maine. St. Mary's was merged with four other congregations in 2007 to form a single large parish called St. Michael's; this continues to be used as one of that parish's churches.

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