St. Mary Star of the Sea

10 Huntington Street • New London, CT • New London County

Historical Significance

St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in New London began in the 1840s, serving Irish workers from a storefront on Bank Street. Soon, St. John's parish was formed and a chapel was erected on Jay Street.

Photo: View northwest. (Tod Bryant)

In 1855 a new church, St. Patrick's, was consecrated on Truman Street ; the original church on Jay Street was used for Sunday-school purposes. St. Patrick's parish acquired a large lot at the corner of Washington and Huntington Streets in 1866 and the following year work began on a new church. The parish was renamed St. Mary Star of the Sea in 1874 and the new church was completed and dedicated in May, 1876. The church tower was built in 1911.


"St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church (1876)." Historic Buildings of Connecticut.
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Notable Features of Building or Site

There are stained glass Gothic windows above the north and south entrances and a large stained glass Gothic window above the center entrance in the tower. A round stained glass window is centered in the tower and there are pairs of louvered lancet windows on all elevations of the top of the tower.

Additional Information

Date(s):  Built 1876
Style(s):  Gothic Revival
Historic Use:  Church
Present Use:  Church
Architect:  Patrick Keely

Exterior visible from public road.
Interior accessible (during services and at other times).

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