Building History

The St. Francis Residence opened in June 2009. The building has an interesting history. According to the History of the Felician Sisters of the Enfield Province, Mother Mary Annunciata Bretschneider, the first provincial minister, focused on the necessary material foundations for the new province. She and her council decided that construction of an annex would respond to the need for a larger provincial house to accommodate the growing Enfield province. Ground breaking for the three-story annex to the Orrin Thompson Mansion took place on May 5, 1937.

In less than an year, the building was completed. It included a chapel, a dining room, and a community room on the first floor. Private rooms and dormitories were on the second and third floors; storage rooms and related facilities, the laundry and boiler rooms were located in the basement.

Building a New Provincial House
Less than 20 years later, when the sisters had outgrown this facility, Mother Mary Laura Sentkowska undertook the building of a new provincial house. The groundbreaking ceremonies on May 5, 1954, took place exactly 17 years after the annex.

By May 1, 1957, the new convent was ready for dedication. Once the sisters were settled in their new quarters, work began to transform the building to house Our Lady of the Angels Aspirancy and Academy which had been located diagonally across from the provincial house complex, further south on Enfield Street. The building housed the Academy/Longview Catholic High School until it closed in June 1988.

As of March 1989, the Felician Sisters leased the building to the Town of Enfield for use as the Town of Enfield Day Care Center. After the town relocated the Day Care in August 2004, the sisters discussed options for the use of the existing facilities which were vacant and deteriorating rapidly.

2006 Feasibility Study
In December 2006, Sister Mary Laureann Alexandrowicz and her council agreed to engage F.J. Dahill Construction Co to conduct a feasibility study to determine possible use of the building for affordable independent living apartments. The study concluded that converting the building to apartments was a ‘good and reasonable use of the property” while serving a community need.

The building’s construction began with demolition during the summer of 2007. Gregg Wies & Gardner Architects of New Haven, CT designed the apartments.

While not a LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) project, the renovation of the building, as opposed to new construction, immediately has “green” value as new natural resources are not required. The renovations included new roofing and added insulation, and new windows with insulating glass which mimic the appearance of the original windows while providing more comfort and energy efficiency. The finishes, such as carpet with high levels of recycled content, flooring in apartment entries, and kitchens of cork used throughout, and vinyl composition tile of recycled material in utilitarian areas add to the sustainable footprint of the building.

21 Apartments in Enfield Connecticut
The St. Francis Residence has 21 apartments. Each unit has higher than normal ceilings and the 2nd and 3rd level apartments have expansive views over the rooftops and over the east lawn. Two units occupy the former chapel pace and have retained much of the original moldings, as well as the arched stained glass windows which give these units special character. The lower level units are more spacious and capture daylight while being located close to common facilities.

Sister Laureann’s hope is that the St. Francis Residence will achieve its three-fold goal: To help provide income for the support of our infirm and retired sisters; To provide an option to retired clergy and religious seeking residence for ministry and ; To provide a safe, secure environment for independent living for active persons/couples who are 55+ years old.

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