Sacred Heart Church (1971-2019)
This seven-story church, colloquially known as the "Cement Tent" or "St. Cement," opened in 1971. The design was selected by the church leaders, although some had members and local residents concerns about the design and functionality of the massive cement structure. The structure was declared unsafe and closed in 1997. Between 1997 and 2017, congregants met at the parish hall which was located next to church structure. In 2017, Sacred Heart parish merged with Rockville's St. Bernard congregation. Demolition of the iconic cement church began in the spring of 2019.
Backstory and Context
"Sacred Heart." Connecticut Museum Quest (CTMQ). Accessed May 22, 2017. http://www.ctmq.org/sacred-heart/.