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Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Family and Religious Life

Burlington's Little Italy

"Piccola Italia"

 
 
Family and Religious Life Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Caleb, June 22, 2022
1. Family and Religious Life Marker
Inscription.  
Imagine yourself back in time...

As you walk up the steps into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception you are awed by the Gothic building's vaulted ceilings, soaring stained glass windows, marble altars, gilded tabernacles and hand-crafted statues. This church was the center of catholic religious life, celebrating masses, baptisms, First Communions, weddings, and funerals. From childhood to old age, the Church was a vital part of your community.

Father Richard Tinney remembered, "The 1960s were a time of strong religious faith. The Cathedral and the catholic schools were an integral part of this neighborhood and its thriving daily life. As a newly ordained priest, I found this community of working class families devoted to their faith and neighborhood."

Walking down the steps after mass you'd see your friends and extended family. It was common to be invited to a meal at your neighbor's house afterwards-and to be invited back again and again!

On a nice day after church, you might hear the crack of the bat from the baseball game in the nearby Converse School yard, or the sound
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of bocce being played in a backyard, or the laughter of men playing the Italian card game Briscola at the Twin City Italian Club, or the excited voices of children playing hide-and-seek throughout the neighborhood.

Such a vibrant community existed here until an urban renewal project began in the 1960s. The cathedral pictured was destroyed by an arson fire in 1972. The 4,500-pound bell on the corner serves as a memorial to the loss of the beloved original structure.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1972.
 
Location. 44° 28.757′ N, 73° 12.863′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Street and St. Paul Street, on the right when traveling west on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington VT 05401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Neighbors Helping Neighbors (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Masonic Temple (about 500 feet away); Church Street Marketplace (about 600 feet away); First Unitarian Universalist Society Meeting House (about 700 feet away); The Meeting House (about 700 feet away); 103 Church Street (about 800 feet away); Site of the Old Gas Station
A Cathedral and its Landscape image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Caleb, June 22, 2022
2. A Cathedral and its Landscape
(approx. 0.2 miles away); First Vermont Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
 
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception beyond the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Caleb, June 22, 2022
3. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception beyond the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2022, by Caleb of Burlington, Vermont. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2022, by Caleb of Burlington, Vermont. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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