St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church: Italian Memorial Windows

Jun 09, 2015 1392

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church was the beating heart of Portland's Little Italy neighborhood. Built in 1902 by Italian immigrants with funds raised in less than five months, it was the center of the Italian immigrant's lives and was designated an Italian National Parish. The little Italian church is the only remnant of Little Italy that survives with its original identity intact.

As the church gets ready for a substantial renovation and restoration project in late 2015, the Italian community is raising funds to design and build Italian Memorial Windows in Balestra Hall. These beautiful etched and colored windows will represent the twenty regions of Italy and will be mounted inside the five interior window sills on the north wall of the Hall in memory of the Italians who built the church, and in honor of the Italian community of today.

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